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It’s a ‘Very Scary Time for Young Men in America,’ Trump Warns

People were once 'innocent until proven guilty' prior to the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, POTUS laments

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President Donald Trump warned reporters on Tuesday that “it’s a very scary time for young men in America” amid the sexual assault allegations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh (shown above left).

“My whole life, I’ve heard you’re innocent until proven guilty. But now you’re guilty until proven innocent. That is a very, very difficult standard,” Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. “I say that 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.”

Christine Blasey Ford became the first woman publicly to accuse Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her, some 36 years ago during a high school gathering in suburban Maryland. Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, came forward in the days following Ford’s September 16 accusation.

All of their allegations are largely uncorroborated, and Kavanaugh has vehemently denied the accusations.

“My whole life, I’ve heard you’re innocent until proven guilty. But now you’re guilty until proven innocent.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who received Ford’s allegations in July, did nothing publicly with them until shortly before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary was scheduled to vote on moving Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate for a final confirmation debate and vote.

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An emotional Ford and a passionate Kavanaugh testified Thursday before the committee.

Although the retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who is one of President Donald Trump’s harshest GOP critics, declared his support for Kavanaugh early on Friday, he succumbed to pressure from Democrats on the committee who were calling for an FBI investigation to delay the confirmation indefinitely.

Flake ultimately voted for moving the nomination to the full Senate on the condition that GOP leaders agree to a one-week delay for the FBI to conduct its “limited in scope” investigation into the allegations. Kavanaugh, who has already undergone six FBI background investigations during his decades of public service, agreed to participate fully.

“Well, it’s a tough thing going on if you can be an exemplary person for 35 years and then somebody comes and they say you did this or that and they give three witnesses and the three witnesses, at this point, who do not corroborate what you are saying,” Trump said. “It’s a very scary situation where you’re guilty until proven innocent.”

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“This is a very difficult time,” Trump added. “You can be somebody that 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.”

Trump insisted Kavanaugh has been “very brutally treated” by Democrats and mainstream media members.

“But in this realm, you are guilty until proven innocent. That is one of the very, very bad things that’s taking place right now,” Trump said.

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