Tom Cotton: Women ‘Worry As Much About False Accusations’ As Sexual Assault

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25: Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) participates in a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, on January 25, 2018 in Washington, DC. The full committee heard testimony on global Challenges and U.S. National Security Strategy.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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A fiery Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) claimed that women are as worried about false accusations of sexual assault being levied against their sons as of sexual assault itself.

“Women give birth to boys as well, and they worry as much about false accusations or show trials like the Democrats put on as they worry about the very serious crime of sexual assault,” Cotton said after taking a swipe at the press, calling a female reporter “the media wing of the Democratic Party” for asking about potential political fallout for the GOP if they confirm Kavanaugh.

When TPM pressed him about those remarks, asking if he thought false accusations were as common as true ones, the fierce Trump ally stood firm.

“It certainly happens. Look at the Duke lacrosse team. Look at the UVA fraternity,” he said.

An recent academic study of FBI data on rape accusations found that just 5 percent of reported rapes are deemed false or baseless.

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