ABC News’ “The View” co-hosts ganged up on President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr. (pictured above center), Tuesday after he told the Daily Mail that false #MeToo sexual assault allegations make him fear more for his sons than his daughters.
“Let’s think about it this way. Is [Trump Jr.] concerned about this happening to his sister? Someone doing something like this to his sister?” co-host Whoopi Goldberg (above left) asked. “So you only worry about this for your child if you think your child has these tendencies. If your child is not someone who is assaulting people, it shouldn’t be a concern for you.”
The #MeToo movement highlighting women’s sexual misconduct allegations took the nation by storm and delivered a powerful reckoning in October 2017 after it toppled former media mogul Harvey Weinstein and comedian Bill Cosby. Since then, a myriad of women have come forward accusing other powerful men of sexually assaulting or harassing them.
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Now that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hangs in the balance amid uncorroborated last-minute sexual assault allegations, which he vehemently denies, Trump Jr. said he fears for his own sons.
“I’ve got boys, and I’ve got girls. And when I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary.”
When asked if he feared more for his sons being accused falsely of sexual assault or for his daughters’ chances of being sexually assaulted, Trump Jr. told the Daily Mail Monday, “I mean, right now, I’d say my sons.”
Trump Jr. has five children.
“I’ve got boys, and I’ve got girls. And when I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary,” Trump Jr. added.
As “The View” co-hosts piled on, conservative co-host Abby Huntsman came partially to Trump Jr.’s defense.
“I think what a lot of people are concerned about today is you could be accused when you have been raised the right way, when you did nothing in that situation. We have countless examples where that has happened,” Huntsman said, pointing to the 2006 Duke University lacrosse players’ case, in which a woman made false rape accusations.
“I just think it opens up the conversation to say, evidence matters,” Huntsman insisted.
But co-host Joy Behar (above right) was not convinced. “There is not always forensic evidence in these cases,” Behar argued.
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Co-host Sunny Hostin chimed in, saying, “I have tried a lot of cases with no forensic evidence and it’s just a woman’s story and a man’s story and you have to determine who is credible.”
“I will say this. [Trump Jr.] is working from the wrong premise. He is working from the premise that Dr. [Christine Blasey] Ford is falsely accusing Brett Kavanaugh,” Hostin claimed.
Ford was the first woman who came forward publicly to accuse Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago at a high school drinking party. She is unable to say where the alleged incident happened, when it happened, how she got to or departed from the location, and other key facts. Three people she said were present at the party either denied being there or otherwise disputed Ford’s account.
“To me, Don Jr. is crazy talk, but it’s crazy talk that gets traction, and the point is, are we also — is that victim blaming?” Goldberg asked.
Behar said, “It’s fascinating that in the middle of this #MeToo moment that you are in … Donnie Jr. finds a way to find himself and his gender as the victim. I mean, this takes real creativity.”