October 11, 2018 12:36:06
US first lady Melania Trump says women who make accusations of sexual abuse “need to be heard” and supported, but so do men.
- US first lady Melania Trump says women making sexual abuse accusations must show “really hard evidence”
- President Donald Trump has previously said it is a “very scary time for young men in America”
- Mr Trump said new Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh was caught up in a “hoax that was set up by the Democrats”
She says when there are accusations there needs to be “really hard evidence” and accusers should “show the evidence”.
Mrs Trump was interviewed on her Kenya trip by the American Broadcasting Corporation, which aired portions on “Good Morning America”.
“I support the women, and they need to be heard. We need to support them. And, you know, also men, not just women,” Mrs Trump said when asked whether she supports the MeToo movement.
“I do stand with women, but we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, ‘I was sexually assaulted,’ or, ‘You did that to me,’ because sometimes the media goes too far, and the way they portray some stories it’s, it’s not correct, it’s not right.”
President Donald Trump, accused of sexual assault by numerous women over the years, has said it’s “a scary time” for men facing allegations from years ago, as with Brett Kavanaugh. Mr Kavanaugh denied those, as has Mr Trump.
Asked on the accusations against Mr Kavanaugh, Mr Trump said it was troubling that people were found “automatically guilty” and had to prove their innocence.
“It’s a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of. This is a very, very, very difficult time,” he said.
“You could be somebody that was perfect your entire life, and somebody could accuse you of something — doesn’t necessarily has to be a woman … But somebody could accuse you of something, and you’re automatically guilty.”
Mr Trump followed up those comments with a speech at a rally in Mississippi where he mocked Mr Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, for not having answers to some questions during her testimony.
“What neighbourhood was it in? I don’t know. Where’s the house? I don’t know. Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? I don’t know. But I had one beer. That’s the only thing I remember,” Mr Trump said in imitation of Ms Ford’s testimony.
“And a man’s life is in tatters,” he added.
Upon Mr Kavanaugh’s swearing in as a Supreme Court justice, Mr Trump apologised to Mr Kavanaugh and his family for the “terrible pain and suffering”, having earlier said Mr Kavanaugh was “caught up in a hoax that was set up by the Democrats”.
“It was all made up, it was fabricated and it’s a disgrace,” he said.