Trump on Kavanaugh allegations: George Washington "may have had a bad past"

Trump told reporters Democrats would vote against George Washington at a bizarre Wednesday news conference

By Nicole Karlis

Senior Writer

Published September 26, 2018 5:59PM (EDT)

Brett Kavanaugh; Donald Trump (AP/Salon)
Brett Kavanaugh; Donald Trump (AP/Salon)

President Donald Trump fielded questions from the media during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, in which most journalists' inquiries focused on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s plight in light of tomorrow's scheduled Senate Judiciary Committee hearing where psychologist Christine Blasey Ford will testify regarding sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

"I want to watch, I want to see, I hope I can watch, but I will be meeting with a lot of countries tomorrow,” Trump told reporters. “In some form I will be able to watch tomorrow," he added.

Trump stated that there will be “very fair and talented Republican senators” at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.

Ford is set to testify about her allegation that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her at a party in 1982 when they were in high school. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

Ford is now one of multiple women alleging sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh. Yet at the press conference, Trump painted the allegations against Kavanaugh as a vast liberal conspiracy, going as far as trying to justify Kavanaugh's past by comparing Kavanaugh to George Washington.

“Look, if we brought George Washington here and we said, 'we have George Washington,' the Democrats would vote against him, just so you understand,” Trump told reporters. “And he may have had a bad past, who knows, you know? He may have had some accusations made. Didn’t he have a couple of things in his past? George Washington would have been voted against 100 percent by [Senator Chuck] Schumer and the con artists, 100 percent.”

Later in the conference, a reporter asked Trump if he had any message for young men in the country right now.

“This is a very big moment for our country because you have a man who is very outstanding, but has very strong charges against him — probably charges nobody is going to be able to prove,” Trump said. “It’s happened to me many times.”

When a reporter described the current political moment as a "#MeToo age," Trump balked, saying that it was a “ very dangerous period in our country and it is being perpetrated by some very evil people, some of them are Democrats.”

He suggested that the country's due process is “guilty until proven innocent" at the present moment, and it is "not supposed to be that way."

“I look forward to what [Dr. Ford] has to say and I look forward to what Judge Kavanaugh has to say,” Trump said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is reportedly now reviewing an affidavit from Julie Swetnick, a career federal employee represented by attorney Michael Avenatti, which alleges Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge drugged and gang-raped multiple women at parties during their high school years.


By Nicole Karlis

Nicole Karlis is a senior writer at Salon, specializing in health and science. Tweet her @nicolekarlis.

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