As women rally and mobilize around survivors of sexual assault, and coming in a week that will see the one-year anniversary of the #MeToo Harvey Weinstein allegations, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he’s highly concerned for the safety of America’s young men as he answered questions about the FBI inquiry into his Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.
While en route to board Marine One, NBC National Correspondent Peter Alexander asked the president what message he had for both young men and women in America right now.
“Well, I’d say that it’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of,” Trump very quickly replied. “This is a very difficult time. What’s happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice. You could be somebody who was perfect your entire life and somebody could accuse you of something. Doesn’t necessarily have to be a woman, as everybody says, but somebody could accuse you of something and you’re automatically guilty. But in this realm, you’re truly guilty until proven innocent. That’s one of the very very bad things that’s taking place right now.”
According to a White House pool report, filed by Hunter Walker of Yahoo! News, Trump was then asked if he had a message for young women. Trump reportedly replied, “Women are doing great.”
Trump’s comments came just one day after a similar question was asked by the Daily Mail to his son, Donald Trump Jr.
“I’ve got boys, and I’ve got girls. And when I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary,” he told the outlet. When pressed on who he was more frightened for, he replied, “Right now, I’d say my sons.”
“For the people who are real victims of these things, when it is so obviously political in cases like this, it really diminishes the real claims.”
It should be noted that false reports count for between 2 and 10 percent of sexual assault allegations, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center. A sexual assault occurs every 98 seconds, and 90 percent of adult rape victims are female. In total, one out of every six American women has been the victim of sexual assault or rape in her lifetime.
It shouldn’t be surprising that Trump and his son would side with the accused, especially when you consider that 20 women have come forward with allegations that the president engaged in sexual misconduct.
But, it doesn’t make it any less shocking, especially when the numbers prove them wrong.