Sen. Hirono: Don Jr’s Fear of Weaponized Assault Claims Comes from ‘Mistrust of Women’


A recent Washington Post article that focused on male fury and alleged fear rising in GOP in defense of Brett Kavanaugh. It speaks to the notion that men feel like they’re being unfairly targeted by allegations of sexual assault.

CNN’s New Day find this to be not just an interesting story (it is!), but also a means to introduce a clip of President Donald Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., in which he expressed fear for weaponized sexual assault for his sons.

Don Jr. was asked if the current political environment caused more concerns for his sons or daughters, to which he replied, “Right now I would say, my sons. When the other sides weaponizes against men 40 years later we can bring it up and you did something in high school that no one remembers, and it should disqualify you from ever doing anything ever again, it diminishes the real claims.”

Senator Mazie Hirono was asked by John Berman to comment on the Trump’s heirs position, which she derided as coming from Don Jr.’s “fear and mistrust of women.” She added that too many people, especially men, believe that stories of sexual assault are just made up, which she claimed was just not true.

Hirono made the following point: “The sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes, and you can see why. When women come forward, and by the way, thousands of people are coming forward to share their traumatic stories that they never reported. These are the kinds of attitudes that make it really tough for them to come forward. ”

Watch the clip above courtesy of CNN.

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