Acosta Asks Trump Why He Called Forces Against Kavanaugh ‘Evil’ — Trump Responds

Benny Johnson | Reporter At Large

President Trump was asked about comments he made regarding sexual assault allegations made against his then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as he left the White House for a campaign rally Wednesday morning.

Earlier in the week, Trump claimed that the Kavanaugh accusations were a “hoax” made up by “evil” people:  “It was all made-up. It was fabricated. And it’s a disgrace. And I think it’s going to really show you something come November 6,” Trump said.

CNN’s Jim Acosta asked Trump to clarify the comments, asking, “You said forces against Kavanaugh we’re evil. Who?”

Trump did not back down, affirming his comments by saying, “Yeah, I think they were [evil].”

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“I’m not going to say who I mean. You have forces saying things that were evil. They were bad people, and he is a very, very fine man, and what was said about him should never have happened.”

Acosta asked again, “But should we say that about our fellow Americans?”

Trump retorted, “I know fellow Americans that are evil. Are you saying we should not say fellow Americans are evil? I’ve known some fellow Americans that are evil,” before walking away.

Kavanaugh spent his first day seated on the court Tuesday hearing oral arguments.

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