During the interview, her first one since becoming first lady, Trump was asked whether she thinks that alleged abusers have been treated unfairly.
"We need to have a really hard evidence that, you know, if you’re accused of something, show the evidence," she replied, adding, "I do stand with women, but we need to show the evidence. You cannot just say to somebody, you know, 'I was sexually assaulted' or 'You did that to me,' because sometimes the media goes too far and the way they portray some stories, it’s not correct, it’s not right."
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It's unclear what constitutes "evidence" for Trump. Her own husband, who has been accused of sexual misconduct by 19 women, was recorded admitting to assaulting women. (The official White House position is that all of the women are lying.) Her comments also ignore how hard it is for survivors to come forward, particularly when they're routinely disbelieved by the judicial system and there's a nationwide crisis of evidence collection.
It's not the first time she has echoed the president's views, either. From peddling the conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States to her hollow statement on the administration's family separation policy and subsequent controversial fashion choices, Melania Trump is no prisoner. In fact, she might be the most Trumpian of them all.