In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she disputes Tara Reade's account that she was sexually assaulted by Joe Biden.

(No, the red patches on Governor Whitmer's side of the screen were not intentional; there was simply some distortion in the governor's feed from Lansing.)

Whitmer was asked to explain why she discounted Reade's accusations while giving credit to Christine Blasey Ford's claims against Brett Kavanaugh two years ago.

“As a survivor and as a femnist, I’ll say this:  We need to give people an opportunity to tell their story, but then we have a duty to vet it, and just because you’re a survivor doesn’t mean that every claim is equal," Whitmer said. "It means we give them the ability to make their case and the other side as well, and then to make a judgment that is informed. “I have read a lot about this current allegation. I know Joe Biden, and I’ve watched his defense, and there’s not a pattern that goes into this. And I think for these reasons, I’m very comfortable that Joe Biden is who he says he is.”

Whitmer, who is a survivor of sexual assault, showed frustration about being grilled on the matter.

“I really resent the fact that every time a case comes up, all of us survivors have to weigh in," the governor said. "It is reopening wounds and it is you know, take us at our word, ask us for our opinion, and let’s move on.”

Whitmer has been rumored to be on the shortlist of candidates to become Joe Biden's running mate in the 2020 presidential election.

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