A new book about the Kavanaugh hearings claims that Melania Trump told her husband that Christine Blasey Ford was “lying” in her testimony accusing now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her as a teen.
As the New York Post reports, Justice on Trial: The Kavanaugh Confirmation and the Future of the Supreme Court by conservative authors Mollie Hemingway and Carrie Severino alleges the first lady told Donald Trump, “You know that woman is lying, don’t you?”
Though Kavanaugh was ultimately confirmed by the Senate last fall and now sits on the Supreme Court, Ford testified in September that he had sexually assaulted her in 1982. Kavanaugh vehemently denied the allegations in a heated appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Hemingway and Severino note the first lady’s alleged quote to support the argument that “millions of other women and men” doubted Ford’s claims.
Though the White House has declined to comment on the matter, it wouldn’t be the first time the first lady has spoken out about women who come forward with sexual misconduct claims.
“I support the women, and they need to be heard,” she told ABC News journalist Tom Llamas during an interview in Kenya last October. “We need to support them — and also men, not just women.
“We need to have really hard evidence … if you accuse [someone] of something, show the evidence,” she continued.
She also slammed the media after Llamas noted that people might accuse her of not supporting women.
“I do stand with women,” she insisted. “But we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, ‘I was sexually assaulted’ or ‘you did that to me’ … because sometimes the media goes too far in the way they portray some stories. It’s not correct. It’s not right.”
She also addressed the Kavanaugh matter during her visit to Egypt.
“I think he’s highly qualified for the Supreme Court,” Trump told members of the press. “I’m glad that Dr. Ford was heard, I’m glad that Judge Kavanaugh was heard, FBI investigation was done, is completed and the Senate voted.”
She declined to say whether she thought Ford was telling the truth, telling the press, “We need to help all the victims, no matter what kind of abuse they had ... I’m against any kind of abuse or violence.”
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