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.”
Lara Trump snarls at critics of ‘send her back’ for pushing a ‘biased, racially-charged narrative’
Lara Trump, the wife of President Donald Trump's son Eric, has accused CNN anchor Anderson Cooper of pushing a "biased, racially-charged narrative" after he criticized her recent defense of the Trump administration over the "send her back" scandal.
This article first appeared on Salon.
"Anyone insinuating that there was some premeditated plan to orchestrate the “send her back” chant is obviously desperate to continue pushing a biased, racially-charged narrative. #FakeNews," Trump posted to her Twitter account on Saturday. She included a link to the Washington Examiner, a right-leaning newspaper which included a quote from Cooper blasting Trump for supposedly "lying" about her role in whipping up a crowd to chant "send her back" about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
Trump’s trade war with China has led to foreign investments in the US drying up: report
Not only are U.S. manufacturers and farmers feeling the devastating brunt of Donald Trump's ongoing trade war with China -- among other countries -- now the New York Times reports that foreign investors no longer see America as a safe bet to park their money.
According to the report, "the once steady flow of Chinese cash into America, with Chinese investment plummeting by nearly 90 percent since President Trump took office."
With the report stating, the drop-off "stems from tougher regulatory scrutiny in the United States and a less hospitable climate toward Chinese investment, as well Beijing’s tightened limits on foreign spending," one analyst blamed the increasingly hostile trade relationship between the two countries.
Marvel reveals next star-studded superhero films at Comic-Con
Marvel unveiled its bumper slate of new superhero movies Saturday, wheeling out a who's who of Hollywood stars and prompting a collective meltdown at Comic-Con as it ended frenzied speculation over the most lucrative franchise in film history.
Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Rachel Weisz were brought on stage in San Diego to join Marvel film stalwarts such as Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman in the upcoming -- and sure to be multi-billion-grossing -- movies.
"I can spend 90 minutes talking about what we've done or I can spend some time talking about what we're about to do," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, drawing rapturous screams from thousands packed into the world's largest pop-culture fan convention.