Donald Trump gave a very rare live press conference on Wednesday from New York, and the focus was very much on his Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh. As news of a third accuser hit the airwaves, Trump did what so many Republicans have already done: trashed the accusers are not credible, made a decision about the allegations without hearing from the women (although he tried to say he still has an open mind), and once again said that the women’s claims are questionable because they didn’t report it sooner.
He also did something no one expected. Trump made himself the victim in all of this. While he still says Kavanaugh’s reputation is being destroyed unfairly, he also said that all of this effects him because women makes false charges all the time against him, too.
President Trump says he would have pushed Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination through the Senate two weeks ago if he were responsible for the proceedings https://t.co/Q3NaU6oV6w pic.twitter.com/uCZNL6jwyU
— CNN (@CNN) September 26, 2018
When asked why the women would make these charges, risking their own lives and safety as well as that of their families and children to do so, Trump said it was all about fame and money.
‘People want fame. They want money. When I see it, I view it differently. It’s happened to me many times. I’ve had many false charges…When you say does it effect me? Absolutely. Because I’ve had it many times.
‘I was accused by, I believe it was four women… who got paid a lot of money to make up stories about me. I’ve had a lot of false charges against me.’
It was 17 women, and a man who has had a “lot of false charges” by numerous unrelated victims is usually just a sexual abuser, not a victim of slander.
Asked if he had already decided the women are not credible (which he had literally just finished saying), Trump tried to deflect.
‘I won’t get into that game. I only tell you this. This is one of the highest quality people that I’ve ever met. And everybody that knows him says the same thing. And these are all false, to me. These are false accusations in certain cases, and certain cases even the media agrees with that. I can only say that what they’ve done to this man is incredible.’
‘I’m going to see what happens tomorrow. I’m going to be watching, believe it or not. I’m going to see what’s said. It’s possible they will be convincing.’
President Donald Trump says he's open to changing his mind on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh _ if the evidence at Thursday's Senate committee hearing is compelling. https://t.co/r1DuLNUq94
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 26, 2018
He once again insisted that if these were real victims of sexual assault, they would have filed charges against Kavanaugh, despite days and even years of women saying there are many reasons they do not come forward.
‘I only say this: 36 years, no charge, no nothing. People are going to have to make a decision. Thirty-six years and there’s no charge.
Of course, he also fell back on his favorite theme: this is all the Democrats’ work. Never mind the fact that these women would have to have been recruited, coached, and willing to go along with all of these accusations and yet not one woman balked or went to the media to report that they were approached by any Democratic operative to make up these stories, it’s all a Democratic attempt to take down Trump’s SCOTUS nominee.
President Donald Trump on Democrats' handling of the Brett Kavanaugh controversy: "They know it's a big, fat con job and they go into a room and I guarantee you they laugh like hell" https://t.co/MIecbZIlS2 pic.twitter.com/uP1uohHsDk
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 26, 2018
Also, it’s Michael Avenatti’s fault, too. He’s also working with the left. This marks the first mentions of Avenatti by Trump, even though the lawyer has been representing a woman who has made adultery claims against Trump.
‘So I think when you really look at it all, it’s not going to change any of the Democrats’ they’re obstructionists. They’re actually con artists, because they know how quality this man is, and they have destroyed a man’s reputation…And they want to destroy it even more. And I think people are going to see that in the mid terms. What they have done to this family, what they have done to these children. These beautiful children of his. And what they have done to his .wife…
‘The other con artist Avenatti come out with another beauty today.’
"Never did he acknowledge the woman. Never did he say her name, and again I say Mr. President, say her name. Her name is Julie Swetnick." @BrookeBCNN on Trump's support for Brett Kavanaugh and denouncement of the women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault https://t.co/qcd1uVNid5 pic.twitter.com/ySCH4DOgZ0
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) September 26, 2018
Actually, he didn’t. Julie Swetnick came out with a story of sexual abuse, male entitlement, and criminal behavior by Trump’s nominee. Avenatti is just representing her.
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