At the end of the nearly 90-minute gathering, the president was asked what kind of message he was sending to the young men of America with his comments about the sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee. Trump called the allegations a “con job” earlier in the conference and has repeatedly tried to discredit Kavanaugh’s accusers.
He didn’t really answer the question. Instead, Trump chose to speak out against women accusing men of assault.
“This is a very big moment for our country, because you have a man who’s very outstanding, but he’s got strong charges against him ― probably charges that no one is going to be able to prove,” Trump responded
Trump, who has himself has faced numerous credible allegations of sexual misconduct, figures that if Kavanaugh can be accused of assault, so can other potential candidates.
As a result, the president claimed he may have trouble attracting people to be Supreme Court justices.
“I could conceivably be turned down by someone that desperately wanted this job two months ago,” he said.
Trump said this “con game” at the “highest level” could “go on forever,” and claimed “it’s a very dangerous period in our country.”
Trump then said Kavanaugh is currently facing a “guilty until proven innocent” situation, which he said is “a very, very dangerous standard.”
The president then predicted Thursday’s appearance of Kavanaugh and his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, before the Senate Judiciary Committee would be “a very, very important day in the history of our country.”
You can see the complete press conference below. Trump’s comments come at the 1:19 mark.