Following an accusation made by beloved columnist E. Jean Carroll that President Donald Trump raped her in the mid-1990’s, the hosts of “The View” weighed in, putting their support behind an investigation into the incident.
While the president has categorically denied the claims, host Joy Behar said that she believes Carroll, saying, “If it walks like a duck and it talks like a duck,” of Trump.
Meghan McCain, daughter of the late Republican Sen. John McCain was not on Trump’s side either saying, “In general, I don’t believe anything anybody tells me without asking questions,” she said, but added that she “would like to open up the investigation”
Carroll’s accusation was made public Friday afternoon, and show host Whoopi Goldberg introduced the esteemed guest to Monday’s edition of the show:
“Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll is the latest woman to make sexual assault allegations against the guy in the White House,” moderator Goldberg said at the top of the show.
“He’s denying this ever happened.” Behar was quick to point out, adding, “It’s not like we don’t have any evidence that he would like to assault women. He said that on the Access Hollywood tape.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin, who serves as a legal expert for ABC, noted that Carroll had “immediately told two friends,” one of which instructed the alleged victim to stay quiet about the assault.
“This happened allegedly in 1995 or 1996, and that is why, even today, rape is the most unreported crime in our country,” explained Hostin.
“Bill de Blasio has offered to open up the investigation,” said McCain. “I think, 100 percent, we should open up that investigation. I think [Carroll] deserves that.”
The self-described conservative also said that she, of course, believes that Trump is “capable of sexual assault and raping women,” but said that she still believes that assault allegations should be treated with a certain degree of skepticism.
“I have a problem — and I think of the Asia Argento story — believe everyone all the time and not asking questions,” said McCain. “In life in general, I don’t believe anything anybody tells me without asking questions.”
“I’m a politician’s daughter,” she continued. “I’ve been lied to my entire life by people.”
“Again, I know this probably makes me unpopular in this space, but she’s accusing a lot of other very prominent, famous men of sexual assault, and I believe, of rape.”
“I would just like to open up the investigation,” repeated McCain. “I would like to know more information.”