Melania Trump on the #MeToo Movement: ‘I Do Stand with Women, but We Need to Show the Evidence’
In her first prime-time interview, to air Friday, first lady issues powerful comments
First lady Melania Trump shared her thoughts on the #MeToo movement in a prime-time TV interview, echoing the comments of her husband, President Donald Trump — and echoing the stance of anyone who understands the importance of due process.
The first lady suggested that “a high enough bar has not always been applied to judging accusations of sexual misconduct,” as Newsweek reported.
“You need to have really hard evidence — that if you accuse [someone] of something, show the evidence,” she said in an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America” that will air Friday and was teased on that show Wednesday.
“I do stand with women, but we need to show the evidence,” she said in the interview, which was taped during her recent trip to Africa.
“You cannot just say to somebody, ‘I was sexually assaulted,’ or ‘You did that to me.'”
Speaking about the #MeToo movement in general, which began a year ago with numerous sexual assault accusations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, the first lady told “Good Morning America,” “I support the women and they need to be heard. We need to support them, and also men, not just women.”
The comments echoed those uttered by President Trump as his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was accused of sexual misconduct by three women at the 11th hour.
SHOW THE EVIDENCE: Melania Trump in interview [email protected]:
"We need to support [women]. And also men – not just women. … You need to have really hard evidence that — if you are accused of something, show the evidence.”
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 10, 2018
As Kavanaugh’s confirmation was continually battered last week by last-minute efforts to accuse him of scandalous behavior as a teen, the president said that he worried for the men in today’s hyperpoliticized atmosphere.
“It is a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of,” Trump told reporters.
“This is a very, very —this is a very difficult time. What’s happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court justice.”
“Good Morning America” anchor Tom Llamas, who conducted the interview with the first lady, chided Melania Trump at one point, even saying she wasn’t “sensitive enough” to the #MeToo movement, said Newsbusters.
Llamas kept repeating himself as he tried to drive home his liberal talking point, saying, “What is your take about the #MeToo movement, though? Do you believe in them [the women]? Do you support the #MeToo movement?”
Trump remained “stoic” during Llamas’ repeated questions on the topic, as Newsbusters noted, even though Llamas continued to press her to show support for women; she reiterated the need for evidence, despite her support for women.
She then blasted the media’s obvious bias, saying they go “too far.”
“I do stand with women, but we need to show the evidence … because sometimes the media goes too far and the way they portray some stories, it’s not correct,” she emphasized. “It’s not right.”
See more in the video below.