Speaking with reporters outside the White House on Tuesday, President Donald Trump insisted that amidst an outpouring of stories from women who have survived sexual assault in the wake of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh being accused of sexual assault by multiple people, it’s actually men who are the real victims here.
“It’s a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of,” Trump said in typical eloquent fashion, echoing earlier remarks by his imbicile son and namesake, Don Jr.
What’s happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court justice. It really does. You can be somebody that was perfect your entire life, and somebody could accuse you of something. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a woman. But somebody could accuse you of something, and you’re automatically guilty. But in this realm you are truly guilty until you are proven innocent. That’s one of the very, very bad things that’s taking place right now.
Coming from a normal person, the specter of false accusations might be a valid—if excruciatingly delicate—point. Coming from Trump, however, it’s total horseshit. Just ask Raymond Santana, Kevin Richardson, Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam and Kharey Wise, the so-called “Central Park Five,” all people of color who were falsely accused (and convicted) of raping a white woman jogging through New York’s Central Park in 1989.
Despite minimal evidence against them (all five were fully exonerated in 2002) Donald Trump nevertheless spent nearly $100,000 on a racist full page ad in the New York Times demanding New York reinstate the death penalty to punish the “roving bands of wild criminals” he blamed for the crime. Trump has, in fact, continued to smear the five for decades after their exoneration, saying in 2016 that “The fact that the case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous.”
So yeah, it is a pretty scary time for (certain) young men in America. They sure as hell don’t look like Donald Trump or Brett Kavanaugh, though.