President Donald Trump remarked last week that if Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh “was as bad as she says”, she would have reported the incident to police when it happened.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson suggested Tuesday that Ford — and anyone else who falls victim to a sex crime — is obligated to tell authorities, otherwise they become “part of the problem”.
> "If there's a rapist on the loose, if you don't tell anybody, if Bernie Madoff rips you off and you don't tell his other investors, you're part of the problem, are you not?” Carlson asked radio host Ethan Bearman.
> “If [Kavanaugh] is actually a sex criminal we have a right to know that and [Ford] has an obligation to tell us. And I know it’s hard but why don’t we have the right to know?” Carlson said.
> “Doesn’t she have an obligation to tell someone to stop him from doing that if he is, in fact, a sex criminal?” he asked. “Where is her obligation here? What about the rest of us?” the opinion host also added.
Carlson made similar comments last week regarding the situation, saying, “If you believe a crime has been committed against you, you report it.”
> "That would include theft, embezzlement and, yes, sexual assault. Go to the police. It's not always easy, obviously," Carlson continued. "But it's still your obligation as a citizen — not at least to protect the rest of us from whomever you believe did it. The police investigate, and a judge or jury renders a verdict. That's due process — it's the cornerstone of our system."
A total of three women have now publicly accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct: Along with Ford, Deborah Ramirez said the nominee exposed himself to her during a night of college drinking at Yale University, shoving his penis in her face; and Julie Swetnick said she was raped at a party where Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, were both present.