It’s been days since Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed after an FBI investigation into the accusations made against him, but for many liberals, the debate is far from over.
The question of whether a woman should be automatically believed came up on Thursday’s episode of “The View,” and it sparked a fiery discussion between the liberal and conservative co-hosts on the panel.
Liberal co-host Sunny Hostin, who is a lawyer and journalist, commented on a recent interview of first lady Melania Trump about sexual assault and the #MeToo movement.
“In the law, for any crime, a person’s testimony is enough,” Hostin claimed. “After 40 years, we finally changed the law, we finally said that a woman’s word is enough.”
“I’ve taken many cases to trial with just a woman’s word, and now you have the first lady of the United States telling women everywhere ‘your word is not enough,’” she continued, referring to Melania implying that evidence is needed to keep people from being falsely convicted of a crime. “Quite frankly, that isn’t the law. You don’t need corroboration!”
Conservative co-host Meghan McCain pointed out that investigations are needed and said, “I believe in the Constitution, I believe in due process, and I do believe in the presumption of innocence over guilt. And what’s being brought into play here is the presumption that I need to believe ‘guilty’ over innocence, which is something protected by the Constitution.”
Conservative co-host Abby Huntsman, a newcomer to the show, added, “I’m all for ‘every single woman needs to be heard,’ because more often than not, women are correct. But, Sunny, you are insinuating that evidence doesn’t matter, and as a lawyer, evidence should always matter!”
“Testimony is evidence!” Hostin insisted. “You don’t need corroborating evidence. You don’t need a rape kit, you don’t need witnesses because oftentimes, guess what, there are no witnesses during rapes.”
“So when you’re talking about evidence, testimonial evidence is the very bedrock of our system!” she concluded.
But Huntsman responded, “Have you ever known someone to be falsely accused of something?”
“I will say, between two and eight percent of alleged accusations are false,” Hostin replied. “That’s a very low number.”
“The Constitution is a really big thing for me — I have a copy of it in my living room framed,” McCain piped up. “For me to be sitting here saying this, it’s very nuclear for Abby and I to sit here and push back because all of a sudden everyone’s going to say ‘You’re somehow OK with assault, you’re somehow OK with rape.’”
“Yeah, it’s impossible,” Huntsman agreed.
Watch the full discussion below: