Melania Trump Addresses #MeToo Movement: I Stand With Women, But You Need to ‘Show the Evidence’

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First lady Melania Trump said in an exclusive interview that she stands with women and the #MeToo movement, but that there needs to be “really hard evidence” if someone accuses another person of sexual assault.

“I support the women,” Trump told ABC News during her first solo trip to Africa. “They need to be heard. We need to support them. And also men, not just women.”

“We need to have really hard evidence that if you’re accused of something, show the evidence,” Trump continued.

The comments made by Trump come just after Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, as women came out and accused him of sexual misconduct back in the early 1980’s causing a battle betweens hundreds of protesters.

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“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 said. “And the way they portray some stories, it’s not correct. It’s not right.”

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During her trip to four countries in Africa, Trump was able to promote her “Be Best” campaign, which kicked off earlier this year, with a goal to focus on child welfare.

Trump said during the interview that the most surprising thing as first lady was the lack of partnership in her campaign by some organizations because they didn’t like the president.

“It’s sad to see that organizations and foundations I want to partner with choose not to because of the administration,” Trump said. “I feel they are choosing the politics over helping others.”

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  1. I fully support Melania Trump. She is right when she says that politics has been chosen over the care of others. This is the problem with our present world. The “me” movement has negated the humanitarian acts that should take precedence. Our first lady is a beautiful woman with a beautiful heart.

  2. I do get innocent before proven guilt and i would never say someone should go to prison on an accusation alone, but exactly what hard evidence are people expecting prior to coming forward? Should i not go to the police until after I have acquired a signed confession that I was raped?

    • So what’s your solution? No man should have presumption of innocence or due process?
      I think there is some middle ground but not after 36 years of remaining silent.

      • Whoa, slow down. Re read my first sentence please.

        I think if people were assaulted then they should feel comfortable coming forward then reporting it to the police whether they have proof or not. The police can investigate, gather evidence, and make a decision on if prosecution is needed or possible. How do YOU report crimes?

        • Phoenix, I get you. ANY victim of a crime should feel comfortable to report it to the APPROPRIATE authorities. But I think what all Suazo was trying to say is what Ford did is what you should NOT do when you are a victim of a crime. Whether knowingly or not, Ford put herself in the position to be used as a political pawn because of who she reported this incident to and because of her own recollection, or lack thereof, of said incident.

          • I can appreciate that banstan, but FLOTUS comments were about the #metoo movement in general. Dr. Ford is not the movement.

            When you say, come forward but come with proof in regards to the #metoo movement, I’m not sure i understand how to take that.

            I dig FLOTUS, I really do – but this was either an accident in the wording, maybe bad editing, or just an extremely unfortunate statement to victims to stay silent unless you can prove what you say. That is not how reporting a crime works and it is such a horrible message for victims. Either way, a clarification would be welcome.

          • Phoenix- I have to borrow 2 words that insipid uses regularly, “vast majority”, I firmly believe that you, I and the vast majority of Americans want Lady Justice once again represent what she is supposed to represent. Blind with the scales balanced. We, as a country, have gotten just a bit sidetracked where that idea is concerned and the ONLY way we get it back is by open, honest discussion.

          • I agree. But I do not think the courts are out of hand – people may be accused, but evidence would dictate if they are convicted. That hasn’t changed.

            Let me ask this again. If you agree that victims should come forward, but only with evidence (I’m not sure on your stance of the article topic) then what exactly would be acceptable evidence?

          • Phoenix- I think I answered your question at the start of my first comment. Any victim of any crime should feel comfortable reporting that crime to the appropriate authorities and every victim that does report a crime should feel comfortable that the authorities are gonna do their job.

          • Fair enough banstan, we agree then – you do realize though that is not the narrative of the right at this momment.

            Come forward, but with evidence.

            As we agree that is wrong, i hope you can understand why my feathers are getting ruffled.

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