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CNN Panelists Baffled by Melania’s #MeToo Comments

Alisyn Camerota, Jeffrey Toobin, and Nia-Malika Henderson were at a loss for words when FLOTUS backed due process and innocent until proven guilty

A confused CNN “New Day” panel was unimpressed Thursday with first lady Melania Trump’s (pictured above center) criticism of the #MeToo movement and her upholding the principles of due process and innocent until proven guilty.

“I mean, she’s saying a few different things there,” CNN co-anchor Alisyn Camerota (above left) said of Melania Trump’s remarks. “She’s saying that women really need to produce hard evidence. And I’m just wondering what would the hard evidence be of someone trying to rip off your bathing suit and covering your mouth so you couldn’t scream more than 30 years ago?”

Camerota was alluding to the 36-year-old sexual assault allegations Christine Blasey Ford leveled publicly at Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during the final days of his turbulent confirmation process.

Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, also came forward with sexual assault allegations, which Kavanaugh strenuously denied. None of the witnesses the women said would verify their claims did so.

“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.'”

None of the CNN panelists seemed to comprehend what Melania Trump said about the fundamental American legal principles of due process, innocent until proven guilty, and the requirement for corroborating evidence.

Melania Trump told ABC News in portions of an interview that aired Wednesday how “A high enough bar has not always been applied to judging accusations of sexual misconduct. You need to have really hard evidence — that if you accuse [someone] of something, show the evidence.”

She insisted that “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.'”

Melania Trump added, “I support the women and they need to be heard. We need to support them, and also men, not just women … Sometimes the media goes too far in the way they portray some stories. It’s not correct. It’s not right.”

“I’m going to defer to Nia,” baffled CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin (above right) said. “I have no idea what [Melania Trump’s] talking about. So, Nia, you’re in charge of answering that question.”

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Henderson admitted, “I don’t know either. I mean, she’s all over the place there saying she supports women but she supports the men. And obviously, her husband, she might think, is also a victim of this #MeToo culture.

“I think it was 13 women, so far, have accused him of sexual harassment, of sexual assault — any number of infractions. I think the follow-up question to her would be, ‘Well, what about these 13 women who’ve said these number of things about your husband? What do you think about that?'”

Toobin had nothing else to say, except “What Nia said.” Camerota laughed, saying, “I knew that. You’re passing this one right over to Nia — got it.”

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