During an Oval Office press gaggle Friday, President Donald Trump dismissed prostitution charges filed against his friend Robert Kraft, the owner of the New England Patriots, by noting that Kraft said the charges are baseless.
“He has denied it,” Trump told reporters.
Washington Post correspondent Josh Dawsey noted on Twitter that it’s “always interesting, with Trump, or any politician for that matter, to see who gets the benefit of the doubt and who doesn’t.”
"He has denied it," Trump says of Robert Kraft. Always interesting, with Trump, or any politician for that matter, to see who gets the benefit of the doubt and who doesn't.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) February 22, 2019
“It’s very sad,” Trump told reporters about Kraft’s charges, which were filed during a sex trafficking sting at a massage parlor in Jupiter, Florida. “I was very surprised to see it. He’s proclaimed his innocence totally. But I was very surprised to see it.”
As one Twitter user noted, Trump’s defense of men accused of harming women is well-documented.
As journalist Judd Legum noted, the president defended “accused sex criminals” such as failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, ousted Fox News chairman Roger Ailes and, most notably, “himself.”
Accused sex criminals who Trump has defended:
1. Roy Moore
2. Brett Kavanaugh
3. Bob Kraft
Another user noted that the president was quoted in Bob Woodward’s White House tell-all “Fear” giving similar advice about being accused of wrongdoing.
“You’ve got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women,” Trump, as quoted by the Watergate journalist, said. “If you admit to anything and any culpability, then you’re dead. That was a big mistake you made.”
"You've got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women," Trump said, according to Woodward. "If you admit to anything and any culpability, then you're dead. That was a big mistake you made." – "Fear: Trump in the White House" https://t.co/09ihys3dd7
— Terri Fraracci (@TerriFraracci) February 22, 2019
Check out more responses below:
This ain’t the dude you want vouching for you when it comes to illegally paying for sex https://t.co/rE70L1ET3H
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 22, 2019
Trump on Robert Kraft: "Sad."
Trump on Coast Guard terrorist: "Very sad."
— Jeffrey St. Clair (@JSCCounterPunch) February 22, 2019
This is always Trump's go-to phrase in situations like this. Every single time. https://t.co/zCq3iI7QuK
— Dylan Haines (@DHaines1) February 22, 2019
The company you keep.
Alleged sexual predators supported/praised by Trump:
Brett Kavanaugh, Roy Moore, Steve Wynn, Jim Jordan, Trump himself, Bob Kraft, Roger Ailes, Bill O'Reilly, Jeffrey Epstein.
* Rob Porter gets a dishonorable mention for being a wife-beater. https://t.co/ShwIxa9rkI
— Dan Desai Martin (@DanMartinTalks) February 22, 2019
Kraft gets benefit of the doubt connected to people being sex trafficked from the president, but someone peacefully protesting … https://t.co/63L0E18pmH
— Benjamin Raven (@BenjaminSRaven) February 22, 2019
Well using that logic Jussie Smollett denies his charges so Trump should be giving him the benefit of the doubt
Oh wait……… https://t.co/YwXCTJK1Cn
— Robin C. McClary (@celestemc) February 22, 2019
Says one sexual predator about another. https://t.co/VAaypLJR8o
— Jordana Hart (@JordanaHart1) February 22, 2019