On Thursday, the newest member of the Supreme Court, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, was ceremonially sworn in. Both President Trump and first lady Melania Trump attended the ceremony. After the ceremony, the first lady wrote a tweet that has received significant attention and criticism.
Melania tweeted her congratulations to Justice Kavanaugh writing, “Congratulations Justice Kavanaugh. I know you will continue to serve our country with honor.”
Congratulations Justice Kavanaugh. I know you will continue to serve our country with honor. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/OuAosgrYoc
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) November 8, 2018
Of course, Justice Kavanaugh has been accused of sexual assault by three women. The first of the three accusers, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings. During that testimony, Dr. Ford detailed the assault perpetrated against her, she says by Kavanaugh, while the two were in high school.
First lady Melania Trump is an intensely private first lady. She does not often comment on current political debates. While she regularly chooses to stay out of the political conversation, in early October, while on her first solo trip abroad, Melania discussed sexual assault allegations generally, insisting victims have “really hard evidence.”
During the ABC interview, Melania said, “If you accuse (someone) of something, show the evidence.” She also said, “I support the women and they need to be heard,” adding, “We need to support them and, you know, also men, not just women.”
Twitter was furious:
You are a traitor of all women. Unintelligent, complicit, devoid of morals. The man is a liar who assaulted a woman. I suggest you have a face to face with Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
— We need Single Payer Healthcare 💪🌸 (@Brasilmagic) November 9, 2018
— Jon Snow (@dragonblood) November 9, 2018
by 'honor' she is referencing the Slovenian concept of 'protecting my husband from a Mueller indictment'
Kavanugh has stated that the Executive is basically above the law… why do you think Trump picked him? it was for precisely this reason
that's what she means by honor
— mark girdler (@markgirdler) November 9, 2018
Ugh – so little honor in the way he conducted himself during his job interview. Terrifying person that I can’t believe made it to the Court.
— j torres moskovitz (@julthecat) November 9, 2018
I really wish all these criminal immigrants would learn English. (*Please note this is sarcasm & I actually don’t judge anyone by where they were born or what languages they speak.) Definitions via @MerriamWebster pic.twitter.com/qz1JTrqg5o
— 💟 Bohemian Bodhisattva ☮️ (@bohemian_bodhi) November 9, 2018