[Ed. – Dems trying, and failing, to extricate themselves from their own trap.]
The emergence of Tara Reade’s accusation of sexual assault against presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden has prompted the swift and sudden collapse of the #MeToo movement’s central tenet — that all women who come forward with such allegations deserve to be believed.
In fact, some who speak for the movement aren’t merely retreating on this point: They are pretending that feminists who wielded the #MeToo hashtag never claimed that all women should be believed. This is a transparent attempt to rewrite history and should be treated as such.
… [W]hether the phrase contains “all” is unimportant: It means the same thing, regardless. The command to believe group X is straightforwardly and obviously a plea to have faith in the entire collective entity. Faludi claims in her piece that “believe women” is actually the opposite of “believe all women,” but this is absurd.