Meghan McCain doesn’t doubt E. Jean Carroll’s “pain” — but she has some possible doubts about her claims that she was raped by President Donald Trump.
“The View” co-host agreed with New York City mayor Bill de Blasio, who wants to open an investigation into the author and columnist’s allegations, but McCain cast doubts on the story.
“I think, 100 percent, we should open up that investigation,” McCain said. “I think she deserves that.”
But McCain admitted she wasn’t entirely convinced by her claims.
“I watched the entire CNN interview, and she said well, maybe — maybe,” McCain said. “She seemed — she also seemed at the time of this interview sort of — she didn’t seem to realize how big of a thing this would be, accusing our president of rape. It’s not that I don’t believe President Trump isn’t capable of sexual assault and raping women. of course, we all heard of the ‘grab them in the blank’ tape.”
McCain said she overcame her skepticism about Stormy Daniels, but she cited actress Asia Argento and Brett Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick as reasons to doubt Carroll.
“I’m a politician’s daughter, I have been lied to my entire life by people, and Argento revealed she had actually herself sexually assaulted a minor, and then reached an agreement where her boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain, who later committed suicide, paid off — the actor’s name was Jimmy Bennett, $330,000,” she said. “I always ask questions, and it’s not that I don’t believe women, as you said. It is something that brings on so much cultural shame and it’s so horrific. It’s one of the most horrific things you could ever think of happening as a woman.”
McCain couldn’t say whether she believed Carroll, and said she just didn’t know.
“I know this probably makes me unpopular in this space,” McCain said, “but I believe that something happened, and I believe — but she has been accusing a lot of other very prominent famous men of sexual assault, and I believe of rape, and again, it’s like I was scared to even come out here and say that, but I would prefer to be honest with the audience and I would like to open up the investigation. I would like to know more information.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin pointed out that vanishingly few rape allegations were false.
“I mean, the prevalence of false reporting is between 2 percent and 10 percent,” Hostin said. “Most women do not lie about rape because people don’t believe them, because they get raked over the coals.”
McCain argued that her doubts should be taken seriously because she risked angering the audience by questioning Carroll’s allegations.
“Can I just say one more thing before you talk?” McCain said. “I 100 percent came out here assuming I’m going to be raked over the coals, but I would rather be honest with this audience and with all of you than sit here and lie because it’s going to make my life easier in the media.”
Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.
His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.
Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice, and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.
Michael Bloomberg ‘lost everything’ in Las Vegas: MSNBC analyst
Senior editor for "The Root," Jason Johnson, concluded that the biggest loser of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas Wednesday was Michael Bloomberg, but not merely because of his debate performance.
"The big new name was going to be Michael Bloomberg," he said. "This was probably the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything. This guy has spent $320 million. He had the opportunity to stand on stage, and appear to be an equal, and he looked bored. He looked disenchanted. He stumbled over obvious questions that anybody would have anticipated about sexual harassment and stop and frisk. I thought it was a bad night for him."
Pro-immigration protesters interrupt Joe Biden’s closing statement at debate
Former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statement was interrupted by protesters at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.
As Biden began his remarks, demonstrators began shouting about the Obama administration's record on deportations.
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