President Donald Trump on Tuesday lambasted Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of wrongdoing, saying “she was totally inebriated” and “all messed up” when the alleged incident occurred and that Democrats were playing a “con game” by taking such accusations seriously.
Ramirez told the New Yorker that when Kavanaugh was a freshman at Yale, he exposed himself at a dorm party and “thrust his penis in her face and caused her to touch it.” The magazine acknowledged in the story that she was drinking at the time and that she was initially uncertain of details of the story.
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“Thirty-six years ago? Nobody ever knew about it? Nobody ever heard about it? And now a new charge comes up. And she said, ‘Well, it might not be him,’ and there were gaps, and she said she was totally inebriated and she was all messed up,” Trump told reporters during a meeting with Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez at the United Nations.
“‘Oh, gee, let’s not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that.’ This is a con game being played by the Democrats,” the president said.
Christine Blasey Ford is set to testify Thursday to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted her during a house party when they were both in high school. The White House said Tuesday that it would be open to hearing from Ramirez at the same time.
Kavanaugh has maintained he did not commit either alleged assault and appeared on Fox News Monday night with his wife to deny any sexual abuse claims.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Kavanaugh said told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum.