CNN's Toobin: It's Trump's ‘nature’ to not believe accusations of sexual assault

CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin on Tuesday suggested that it's in President TrumpDonald John TrumpPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Trump discussing visit overseas to troops following criticism: report Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation MORE's "nature" to believe those accused of sexual assault over accusers, pointing to Trump's own history of being accused of sexual misconduct as evidence.

In an appearance on CNN's "New Day," Toobin asserted that Trump's decision to believe Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughThe future of abortion politics is changing Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump's court picks Trump set to have close ally Graham in powerful chairmanship MORE, his Supreme Court nominee, over Kavanaugh's accusers was not "entirely" an act of political calculation.


"I don't think it's entirely an act of political calculation," Toobin says. "He's ... it's his nature. I mean, he doesn't believe women who accuse men of sexual harassment or assault."

"Or he doesn't want to," countered CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota.

"Right," Toobin responded. "He never believes women, whether it's Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreTrump to hold two rallies for Hyde-Smith day before Mississippi runoff Parties start gaming out 2020 battleground Victimhood culture and traditional justice are on a collision course MORE, or Bill O'Reilly, or Roger Ailes, or Donald Trump being accused. So yes, it's a measure of political calculation, but I think it's also who he is."

Toobin's remarks came days after the Senate voted to confirm Kavanaugh amid sexual assault allegations from three women dating back to his high school and college years, charges which the judge has forcefully denied.

The president was criticized during the confirmation battle by Democrats after he appeared to mock one of the women, Christine Blasey Ford, and her testimony at a campaign rally in Mississippi last week.

At a White House event Monday celebrating the successful confirmation, Trump erroneously told Kavanaugh that an FBI background investigation into the claims had found him innocent.

"You, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent," the president told the justice while lamenting Democrats' "campaign of personal destruction" against his nominee.