Sarah Huckabee Sanders did an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News and he brought up several instances in which Trump reflexively, automatically defended men accused of rape without having ever looked at the evidence. Their mere denial was enough for him. She first tried to change the subject, then just invented a new reality:
First of all, he does not know Brett Kavanaugh except in the most facile sense. He’s met him maybe twice for a short period of time. All he knows, and all he cares about, is that Kavanaugh is on his side and is therefore perfect and holy and could not possibly have ever done anything wrong in his entire life (unless he gets on the court and writes a ruling Trump doesn’t like, then he’ll suddenly become the most horrible person on earth).
“It does seem that the president has already reached a judgment about their stories,” Stephanopoulos said, “and when Roy Moore and Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes, Rob Porter accused and now when Brett Kavanaugh is accused, the president consistently, every single time, takes the side of the man.”…
Stephanopoulos pointed out that Trump had never sided with accusers, and instead always defended men.
“That’s not true,” Sanders said, but did not provide evidence. “In this case, the president knows Brett Kavanaugh, he’s heard his story. There hasn’t been a shred of evidence to corroborate the other individual stories, and there has been a lot of individuals that have come forward and talked about the Brett Kavanaugh that they know and they’re confident these things didn’t happen.”
But while Sanders apparently couldn’t think of a single instance in which Trump did not defend those accused of rape, I can: The Central Park Five, a group of young black boys accused of raping a jogger. Trump took out a full page ad in the newspaper demanding their execution and declaring them guilty. And even after DNA evidence proved that they did not rape the jogger, he continued to insist that they must be guilty.
Gee, what could the difference be between that situation and all the others? I can’t quite put my finger on it…