President Donald Trump unloaded on Democrats and those women accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct in a Tuesday statement, calling the entire notion a Democratic "con game."
What did he say?
During a photo opportunity Tuesday with Colombia's President Iván Duque Márquez at the United Nations General Assembly, Trump said that the two women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct are all part of a greater smear campaign.
"I think it's horrible what the Democrats have done," Trump said. "It's a con game they're playing. They're really con artists. ... They don't believe [the allegations] themselves. They know he's a high quality person. It's just resist and obstruct."
According to Time, Trump also said Christine Blasey Ford's accusations about an alleged sexual assault incident that reportedly occurred in the '80s were "totally unsubstantiated."
“He’s never had any charges like this,” Trump added. “I mean charges come up from 36 years ago that are totally unsubstantiated. ... Thirty-six years ago? Nobody ever knew about it. Nobody ever heard about it.”
The president also attacked Deborah Ramirez, a second woman who came forward with allegations against the nominee, who accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her during a college drinking game at Yale University.
“[N]ow a new charge comes up and [Ramirez] said it might not be him and there were gaps and she said she was totally inebriated and she was all messed up and she doesn’t know if it was him but it might have been him, oh, gee, let’s not make him a Supreme Court judge because of that,” Trump said. “This is a con game being played by the Democrats.”
He added, “The second accuser has nothing. She admits that she was drunk. She admits time lapses."
What did Kavanaugh say?
Kavanaugh has denied all allegations. In a Monday night interview with Fox News' Martha MacCallum, Kavanaugh professed his innocence.
"What I know is the truth, and the truth is I've never sexually assaulted anyone," Kavanaugh said, noting that he refused to withdraw his name from Supreme Court consideration.
"I want a fair process where I can defend my integrity, and I know I'm telling the truth," Kavanaugh added. "I know my lifelong record and I'm not going to let false accusations drive me out of this process. I have faith in God and I have faith in the fairness of the American people."
You can read more about the background of the women and their allegations here and here.