President Donald Trump has been quick to defend his Supreme Court nomination, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, despite multiple allegations of sexual assault. The world watched Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. She said there was no doubt in her mind that Kavanaugh was the man who attempted to rape her in college -- then provided the results to a polygraph test and asked that the case be investigated by the F.B.I.
Despite her emotional testimony, Trump has stuck close to Kavanaugh, and White House reporter April Ryan is calling B.S.
During a recent appearance on CNN, a pundit questioned how those like Hillary Clinton could speak on the trusting women who speak out, arguing that Clinton denied the believability of all women when former president Bill Clinton faced his own sexual misconduct allegations.
Ryan’s frustration was clear in the CNN clip of the exchange.
“Let’s go back about a year or so ago when President Trump, well candidate-Trump, believed those women” Ryan said in reference to the women who accused Bill Clinton of sexual assault. “Where are they now with [Trump]?”
Ryan pushed forward, reasoning that Trump is “strategic in believing different people. He didn’t believe the Central Park 5. He didn’t believe Bill Clinton. But he’s believing all these other people.”
The Central Park 5 case centered around five black and Latino teenage boys who were wrongfully convicted of raping a white jogger in Central Park in 1989. The actual rapist would confess to the crime after the boys had each served most of their sentences.
At the time, NBC News reports, Trump paid for ads calling for New York to reinstate the death penalty in response to news of the Central Park 5’s alleged crimes.
“We’ve got to look at this and really use critical thinking,” Ryan urged.
She's right about that.
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