Fact check: McDaniel’s claim that women fake ’99 percent’ of sexual assault claims


R.L. Nave, Mississippi TodayState Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, talks to reporters in March 2018 about his bid for the U.S. Senate.
On Monday, state Sen. Chris McDaniel, R-Ellisville, grabbed headlines for the second time in a week while defending Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, which holds hearings on Supreme Court nominees before they go to the full Senate for a confirmation vote, is scheduled to hear testimony from a woman named Christine Blasey Ford who says Kavanaugh and a friend assaulted her at a party when they were in high school. Kavanaugh denies the accusation.
The Washington Post reported:
Ford said that one summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend — both “stumbling drunk,” Ford alleges — corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.
While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.
Conservatives, including Mississippi U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde Smith, have questioned the timing of Ford’s revelation and accuse Democrats of attempting to derail Kavanaugh’s nomination to the court.
McDaniel, who is running for the U.S. Senate, went farther and suggested that only 1 percent of all sexual assault allegations have merit. Speaking on a radio show hosted by Tupelo-based American Family Radio, McDaniel said:
“I’m tired of all these made-up scandals, frankly,” McDaniel said, responding to a question Monday from host Bryan Fischer. “… They’re going to drag something up, at least even theoretically, allegedly, from all those years ago.”
“All of a sudden, that disqualifies this man? All of