Donald Trump believes it’s a "very scary time to for young men in America" following the very public sexual assault allegations levelled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
"It is a very scary rime for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of," he lamented to reporters at the White House.
This is a very, very – this is a very difficult time. What’s happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice.
This follows just after he mocked Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. During a campaign rally, the US president cast doubt on her testimony – and not for the first time.
How did you get home? I don't remember. How'd you get there? I don't remember. Where is the place? I don't remember. ... And a man's life is in tatters.
His comments come just a week after Christine Blasey Ford testified against Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee – and women across the world are rallying behind Blasey Ford, with many accusing Trump’s hostility as part of the reason sexual assault victims are hesitant to come forward.
Trump framing ‘men’ as victims had people screaming from the rafters.
@jdawsey1 I mean you can’t just go up and grab women by the genitals anymore, or sexually assault them. What’s a ma… https://t.co/FJCKVI33oG
— Ghost Of Tom Joad (@Ghost Of Tom Joad)
Trump @realDonaldTrump just stated “it’s a scary time for men” Then my head exploded off my neck 🤯
— Jennifer Esposito (@Jennifer Esposito)
I don't need feimsms Trump is right, it IS a very scary time for men! Imagine being a white man sexually assaulting… https://t.co/lFIGNUWchL
The habit of victim-blaming and casting doubt on a victim’s account disproportionately affects women, as they are the demographic most likely to be raped and sexually assaulted.
President Trump's statements to reporters feed into rape culture, which blames the victim, trivialises sexual assault and publicly scrutinises their statements in an effort to discredit their traumatic experience.
Senate delayed the confirmation vote for Kavanaugh after several senators requested an FBI investigation into the allegations.