Pelosi Snaps After Tense Confrontation

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., doubled down on her support for Joe Biden on Thursday in the face of a sexual assault allegation against him and had a contentious response to a reporter who asked whether she was treating Biden differently than Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

During her Capitol press conference, the first question to the speaker was about Biden, but Pelosi shut down the reporter, saying she first wanted to address the topic on hand — expanding broadband access as part of the broader coronavirus stimulus measures.

At the end of the press conference, after Pelosi has spoken thoroughly about her legislative priorities, the reporter brought up the sexual assault allegation from Tara Reade against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. The Washington Examiner’s Kerry Picket asked whether Democrats had a different “standard” for Biden than for Kavanaugh, for whom Democrats were demanding an FBI investigation over an alleged assault when he was a teenager.

“I respect your question,” Pelosi told the reporter. “I don’t need a lecture or a speech.”

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