Following first lady Melania Trump’s #MeToo comment, co-hosts on “The View” clashed over their thoughts on whether sexual assault victims needed evidence.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Trump said she stood with women and the #MeToo movement but added that “we need to have really hard evidence that if you’re accused of something, show the evidence.”
“You cannot just say to somebody, you know, ‘I was sexually assaulted,’ or ‘You did that to me,’ because sometimes, the media goes too far,” Trump told ABC News. “And the way they portray some stories, it’s not correct. It’s not right.”
Then, “The View” took on Trump’s comments
Co-host Sunny Hostin took a swipe at Trump, claiming that the first lady is “telling women everywhere, ‘Your word is not enough.'”
Meghan McCain also joined in, saying that there are gray areas with sexual assault allegations and that she stands by due process.
“I do believe in the presumption of innocence over guilt,” McCain said. “And what’s being brought into play here is the presumption that I need to believe guilty over innocence, which is something that’s protected by the Constitution.”
Guest co-host Yvette Nicole Brown then said that the first lady has no room to speak because “she has an orange horse in the race.”
“She is not the woman to say anything to me or any other woman about #MeToo, Time’s Up, Black Lives Matter. I’m not listening to her about anything she has to say.”
“Evidence should always matter,” co-host Abby Huntsman said against Hostin “insinuating that evidence doesn’t matter.”
Hostin then replied:
“Testimony is evidence. You don’t need corroborating evidence. You don’t need a rape kit. You don’t need witnesses because oftentimes, there are no witnesses during rape.”
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“Have you ever known someone to be falsely accused of something?” Huntsman asked Hostin.
McCain called it “nuclear” for her and Huntsman to be pushing back on the need for due process in a sexual assault accusation.