He’s with them.
In a rambling press conference in Manhattan on Wednesday, President Trump acknowledged he tends to side with men accused of sexual assault because he is one of them, blaming “con job” Democrats for supposedly making things up and claiming they would even vote against George Washington if the Founding Father rose from his grave and was nominated to the Supreme Court.
In the unhinged back-and-forth with reporters — his first in over 19 months — Trump kept returning to his own checkered past while issuing blanket defenses for his embattled Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, who is accused of sexual assault and misconduct by at least five women.
“I’ve had a lot of false charges made against me,” Trump, who’s accused of misconduct by at least 19 women, said when asked why he staunchly defends accused sexual predators such as Roy Moore, Bill O’Reilly, Roger Ailes and Kavanaugh. “So when I see it, I view it differently than somebody sitting home watching television where they say, ‘oh, Judge Kavanaugh, this or that.’ It’s happened to me many times.”
Speaking at the United Nations headquarters, Trump added, “So when you say does it affect me in terms of my thinking with respect to Judge Kavanaugh, yes, because I’ve had it many times.”
Pressed on whether he considers Kavanaugh’s accusers liars, Trump backpedaled a bit and said he would keep an open mind when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testifies about her allegations before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
“I can’t tell you whether or not they’re liars until I hear them,” Trump said.
The President even entertained a scenario in which he would withdraw Kavanaugh’s nomination.
“If I thought he was guilty of something like this, yeah, sure,” he said.
But, at breakneck speed, Trump regressed to blaming the allegations against Kavanaugh on “big fat con job” Democrats and “evil people” before making a bizarre analogy about the slave-owning Washington returning from the dead.
“Look, if we brought George Washington here and we said, ‘We have George Washington,’ the Democrats would vote against him,” Trump said. “And he may have had a bad past, who knows, you know? He may have had some I think accusations made. Didn’t he have a couple of things in his past? George Washington would be voted against 100% by (Chuck) Schumer and the con artists.”
It’s not clear what accusations against Washington Trump was talking about.
Trump also dove head-first into another controversy that has swirled about Washington in recent days: the fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s job in light of reports that he proposed secretly recording and removing the President from office on grounds that he’s mentally unfit.
“I’m talking to him. We’ve had a good talk. He said he never said it. He said he doesn’t believe it,” Trump said. “I would much prefer keeping Rod Rosenstein. Much prefer. Many people say I have the right to absolutely fire him.”
Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s campaign, is supposed to sit down with Trump at the White House on Thursday, but the President said he may cancel the meeting because of the Kavanaugh testimony.
“I may call Rod tonight or tomorrow and ask for a little bit of a delay,” he said, “because I don’t want to do anything that gets in the way of this very important Supreme Court pick.”