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,… https://t.co/R31l1ilnbO— Josh Dawsey (@Josh Dawsey)1550865969.0
“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 4. Roger Ailes 5. Himself— Judd Legum (@Judd Legum)1550866670.0
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… https://t.co/x4x9vjIh9T— Terri Fraracci (@Terri Fraracci)1550866579.0
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 (@Jemele Hill)1550870615.0
Trump on Robert Kraft: "Sad." Trump on Coast Guard terrorist: "Very sad."— Jeffrey St. Clair (@Jeffrey St. Clair)1550870825.0
This is always Trump's go-to phrase in situations like this. Every single time. https://t.co/zCq3iI7QuK— Dylan Haines (@Dylan Haines)1550867337.0
The company you keep. Alleged sexual predators supported/praised by Trump: Brett Kavanaugh, Roy Moore, Steve Wynn,… https://t.co/33YK8jVkfQ— Dan Desai Martin (@Dan Desai Martin)1550867190.0
Kraft gets benefit of the doubt connected to people being sex trafficked from the president, but someone peacefully… https://t.co/D0f1I0SuQm— Benjamin Raven (@Benjamin Raven)1550866540.0
Says one sexual predator about another. https://t.co/VAaypLJR8o— Jordana A. Hart (@Jordana A. Hart)1550868408.0