GOP lawmaker on Kavanaugh: What man wouldn't face such an allegation?

Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters Steve King says 'left-wing media' and GOP leadership owe him apology after rape, incest comments 11 Essential reads you missed this week MORE (R-Iowa) on Saturday said the sexual misconduct allegations brought against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford amounted to “character assassination.”

“We have Judge Kavanaugh sitting there — an individual with a stellar, stellar reputation — and they are doing character assassination,” King said before a crowd of Christian conservatives at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition on Saturday.

“They are surely attempting to thwart Justice Kavanaugh. Look at the allegations made by a sole individual, who doesn’t remember the residence, the house, the names of the owners of this house, who else was at the place, except for one person who says it didn’t happen,” he continued. "How can you disprove something like that?"

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“You add all of that together and I’m thinking, is there any man in this room that wouldn’t be subjected to such an allegation? A false allegation?” King said. “How can you disprove something like that? Which means, if that’s the new standard, no man will ever qualify for the Supreme Court again.”

Ford told The Washington Post last Sunday that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to remove her clothes while they were at a high school party in the 1980s. 

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.

King’s remarks follow comments made by President TrumpDonald John TrumpSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor The US-Iranian scuffle over a ship is a sideshow to events in the Gulf South Korea: US, North Korea to resume nuclear talks 'soon' MORE on Twitter on Friday, in which he raised doubts about the allegation against Kavanaugh and shifted toward criticizing his Supreme Court nominee's accuser for the first time since she came forward publicly.

Trump said that if the alleged sexual assault on Ford was "as bad as she says," then "charges would have been immediately filed." 

Ford is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning about her allegations.