Following a speech on the United Nations wherein the complete world laughed at him, President Trump advised throughout a press scrum that ladies who’re drunk can’t be sexually assaulted.
Trump made the remark throughout a photograph op with the president of Colombia. A reporter requested him if he thinks Deborah Ramirez, the second lady who got here ahead in a New Yorker article and accused Supreme Court docket nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, must be allowed to testify at a listening to on Thursday. Trump responded by dismissing Ramirez’s allegation, partially as a result of she admits she was consuming the evening Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her at a celebration whereas each of them have been college students at Yale.
“The second accuser has nothing. The second accuser doesn’t ever know — she thinks possibly it will’ve been him, possibly not, she admits that she was drunk,” Trump mentioned. “She admits time lapses — there have been time lapses. This can be a particular person, and it is a collection of statements that’s gonna take one of the vital gifted, one of many best intellects from a judicial statements in our nation — gonna maintain him off the US Supreme Court docket?”
It’s, in fact, not the case that ladies who’re drunk can’t be victims of sexual assault. In accordance with the Nationwide Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, roughly 25 % of American ladies have skilled sexual assault, and roughly one-half of these instances contain alcohol consumption.
“Alcohol contributes to sexual assault via a number of pathways, typically exacerbating present threat elements,” an NIH abstract of the analysis say. “Beliefs about alcohol’s results on sexual and aggressive conduct, stereotypes about consuming ladies, and alcohol’s results on cognitive and motor expertise contribute to alcohol-involved sexual assault.” Connecticut state regulation stipulates that an individual inebriated can’t give consent to sexual exercise.
Whereas Ramirez acknowledges her reminiscences of the evening she claims she was assaulted are hazy, phrase of the incident unfold round Yale. Greater than three many years after it occurred, the New Yorker talked to quite a few classmates who heard about it on the time and recalled it in a fashion just like Ramirez.
Trump, nevertheless, is solely excited about discrediting Kavanaugh’s accusers, not discovering out reality. He admitted as a lot final week when he mentioned of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a girl who accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her whereas they have been in highschool, “Let her testify, or not, and TAKE THE VOTE!”
Senator Feinstein and the Democrats held the letter for months, solely to launch it with a bang after the hearings have been OVER – executed very purposefully to Hinder & Resist & Delay. Let her testify, or not, and TAKE THE VOTE!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
Trump has additionally refused to ask the FBI to research the allegations in opposition to Kavanaugh whereas failing to offer a great purpose for not doing so.
Throughout one other a part of his remarks on Tuesday, Trump echoed the identical baseless conspiracy concept that Kavanaugh himself peddled in his letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee the day earlier than — that Ford and Ramirez’s allegations are the fruit of a Democratic plot.
That Trump continues to disclaim any wrongdoing on the a part of Kavanaugh whilst extra allegations pile up is no surprise, provided that the president stands accused of sexual assault by 15 ladies, and was recorded on a scorching mic bragging about grabbing ladies by their genitals. The White Home’s official place is that every one of Trump’s accusers are mendacity.
In his new guide “Concern: Trump within the White Home,” journalist Bob Woodward recounts a dialog between Trump and an unnamed “buddy who had acknowledged some dangerous conduct towards ladies” wherein Trump suggested him, “You’ve received to disclaim, deny, deny and push again on these ladies. For those who admit to something and any culpability, then you definitely’re lifeless.”