President Donald Trump on Friday said the United States will soon be “on the forefront of rape of American females.”
Trump told reporters that he was “really shocked” by the reports that the Supreme Court had ordered a lower court to reinstate the conviction of a man who had raped a woman at a New York City bar.
“Rape is very, very, deeply on the front page of the news.
And I am really shocked,” Trump said, as reporters watched from the White House.
The president also said the Supreme Judicial Court’s ruling in a sexual assault case was a “very, very good thing.”
“I think that the decision to overturn it is a very, strong move.
I think that it was very, much needed, and I think it was a very strong move,” Trump told reporters.
Trump’s comments came just hours after the Supreme court on Friday overturned a New Orleans court’s conviction of Charles “Bobby” B. Johnson, who was convicted of raping a woman on the night of March 17, 2016, at the Crown Lounge in Manhattan’s SoHo district.
The case was heard in March 2016 and was scheduled to be heard again on April 25.
The court ruled that Johnson’s conviction should stand because prosecutors could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he knew the victim was unconscious at the time of the attack.
The case was initially thrown out of court because of a lack of evidence that Johnson had actually raped the woman.
However, the Supreme courts ruling overturned that decision.
The Supreme Court also found that the state of New Orleans was not able to prove beyond reasonable doubt the assault took place because of the state’s lack of proof that the victim had been unconscious.
The ruling is a significant victory for the American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights organizations, who had sought to have Johnson’s convictions thrown out.
However Trump said Friday that he does not want to make the “rampant and rampant rape of our women” into a political football.
“I would say, as a very good man, it’s going to be on the forefront,” Trump added.
“It’s going, I think, on the very front page.
And, you know, I have to say, I am very proud of that.
I’m very, the court did a very smart thing,” Trump continued.”
They did a good thing and it was overturned, but I’m really surprised that they did that.
And that’s the way I am.
I know they did a really good thing,” he added.
Trump has previously been a staunch opponent of sexual assault in the United State, particularly after a series of high-profile cases of sexual misconduct against women.
On Friday, he was asked about sexual assault charges that he had filed against a man accused of raping two women at a party in Florida.
“I have no comment,” Trump responded.
He has also been vocal in his support of Republican Roy Moore, the Republican nominee in the special Senate election in Alabama.
Trump is one of several Republican presidential candidates to come under fire for comments about the victims of sexual assaults.
Former Florida Gov.
Jeb Bush has called for a moratorium on new sexual assault convictions until the courts rules on the validity of a victim’s testimony.
Trump has previously said that he is not concerned about “victims” who have been raped.
In a speech on Friday, Trump also reiterated his support for “rape kits” and the removal of barriers to evidence that lead to conviction.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.