In the midst of three separate sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump Jr. said in an interview with DailyMailTV airing Monday and Tuesday that sexual assault claims make him more concerned for his sons than for his daughters.
“I’ve got boys and I’ve got girls, and when I see what’s going on right now, it’s scary,” Trump Jr. said in the interview.
The reporter then asks, “Who are you scared most for, your sons or your daughters?”
To which Trump Jr. responds: “I mean, right now? I’d say my sons.” The statement seemed to express greater concern for people who are accused of sexual assault than for the victims of sexual assault.
Kavanaugh was hand-picked by President Trump in July to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy. Since then, three women have come forward accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in high school or college.
One of the accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her at a high school party in the early 1980s, pushing her down on a bed and trying to remove her clothing. Kavanaugh also testified before the committee, adamantly proclaiming his innocence.
Trump Jr. seemed to attribute their differing accounts to politics and to discount Ford’s testimony as politically motivated.
“The other problem is that for the people who are real victims of these things, when it is so obviously political, in cases like this, it really diminishes the real claims,” Trump Jr. said in the interview.
The president’s eldest son did the interview with his girlfriend of nearly six months, former Fox News co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle, who expressed support for a deeper investigation into Ford’s claims, something Democrats on the Judiciary Committee have been lobbying for since early in the confirmation process.
“I think it’s important, in terms of doing an investigation, to get the facts out there and find out. It’s very tough 35 years later but it doesn’t mean it should be ignored,” Guilfoyle said.
She added that in addition to getting the facts straight, “people need to be careful to understand the politics involved as well, and what motivations people may have.”
In a dramatic move Friday, the Senate Judiciary Committee decided to advance Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote to the Senate floor under the condition that Ford and Kavanaugh’s claims be investigated by the FBI this week.
In the days since, controversy has swirled around whether the White House is limiting the scope of the FBI investigation.
Trump Jr. and Guilfoyle were campaigning for Republican senatorial candidate Matt Rosendale in Montana when they did the DailyMailTV interview. Trump Jr. has three sons and two daughters with Vanessa Trump. The couple split in March after being married for 12 years.Andres Picon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @andpicon.