Fact Check: First Lady Comments on Ford Allegations

First Lady Comments on Ford Allegations
First Lady Comments on Ford Allegations

Even the First Lady supports evidence-based justice in sexual assault cases. In a recent interview with ABC news, Melania stated that women making #MeToo claims need “hard evidence,” not just allegations. She is, of course, referring to the Kavanaugh debacle, one of the biggest media firestorm events we’ve witnessed in recent years. Her words are carefully chose, yet respectful, giving credence to the fact that is okay to believe victims without punishing potentially innocent men.

Highlights

• Melania shared her thoughts from Kenya, one of the first stops on her #BeBest initiative tour. “If you accuse (someone) of something, show the evidence,” she said. “I support the women and they need to be heard. We need to support them and, you know, also men, not just women.”
• Melania’s approach is refreshing because it isn’t partisan in any way. Despite being a staunch Republican, her words are neither far-right, accusing all victims of lying, nor are they it far-left, assuming every victim is telling the truth. Instead, she champions turning to evidence and facts.
• It isn’t the first time Melania has spoken out in support of women, victims, and men who stand accused. In fact, during the 2016 Presidential campaign, she shared similar sentiments. “I do stand with women,” she explained, “but we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, ‘I was sexually assaulted,’ or, ‘You did that to me.”
• During her most recent interview in Kenya, she was pushed to explain her viewpoint and even accused of failing to support women. But her logic is sound and always has been. “…sometimes the media goes too far,” she clarified, “and the way they portray some stories it’s, it’s not correct, it’s not right.”
• If anyone would know about the fake news media lying, it would be the wife of one of the most targeted political figures in America. The entire Trump family, including Melania and the President himself, have repeatedly been victimized by hateful media outlets from the far left. These attacks started long before Trump even stepped up to the Presidency and continue now.
• Melania also later took the time to support Kavanaugh’s innocence during a later interview staged against a dramatic backdrop in Egypt. As the famous Sphinx stood stalwart behind her, she, too, refused to back down. “I would say if we’re talking about the Supreme Court and Judge Kavanaugh, I think he’s highly qualified for the Supreme Court.”
• However, Trump was also quickly to share her appreciation that the courts gave Dr. Ford the space and time to share her concerns. “I’m glad that Dr. Ford was heard, she explained. “…FBI investigation was done, is completed and Senate voted,” she stated.
• Melania did shy away from sharing her thoughts on Ford’s innocence, likely out of respect for both Ford and Kavanaugh. She closed by stating that “all the victims, they need — we need to help all the victims,” adding that she is “against any kind of abuse or violence.”