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Trump: 'It Is a Very Scary Time for Young Men in America'

He speaks with reporters about allegations against Brett Kavanaugh
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 2, 2018 1:39 PM CDT

(Newser) – As President Trump exited the White House for a flight Tuesday, he spoke with reporters on the South Lawn about the topic you'd expect: Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the allegations against him. Some standout lines, per Time, the AP, and the Hill:

  • "You can be an exemplary person for 35 years and then somebody comes and they say 'you did this or that,' and they give three witnesses, and the three witnesses at this point do not corroborate what she was saying. It's a very scary situation where you're guilty until proven innocent. ... That is a very, very difficult standard."
  • "It is a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something you're not guilty of."
  • "What's happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court justice. ... You could be somebody that was perfect your entire life, and somebody could accuse you of something. 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 proven innocent. That's one of the very, very bad things that's taking place right now."
  • As for what kind of a time it is for women, "Women are doing great," he replied when asked if he had a message for them.

CNN sees parallels between Trump's statements and comments Donald Trump Jr. made in a Monday interview with the Daily Mail in which he said that, in light of the Kavanaugh allegations, he is more afraid for his sons. "I mean, right now, I'd say my sons. I've got boys, and I've got girls. And when I see what's going on right now, it's scary." (Read more President Trump stories.)

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