President Donald Trump told Salena Zito at The Washington Examiner on Wednesday night that if any other Republican president nominated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, he would have abandoned the judge when the sexual allegations came out. From Zito’s article:

“I felt that it would be a horrible thing not to go through with this,” he said. “The easier path would have been — you know we have some good people [on his Supreme Court shortlist], they’re all amazing people. But I felt it would be so horrible and so unfair to him, I thought it would have been destructive, it would have been terrible.”

“I thought he was treated very unfairly,” Trump told the Washington Examiner. “This is a person that actually when I chose him, I said this would be very easy, he’s led an exemplary life. I mean, he’s never had a problem in his life, from being number one at Yale and number one at Yale Law School, number one in high school and everywhere, and all of a sudden this stuff came up at the end and totally, you know, uncorroborated.

“You could see he was just — he couldn’t believe that this could be happening. Remember there was one time when they put something in front of him and he was reading and … he’s reading it and he’s just shaking his head because by this time it had started, this whole deal had started. And he’s just thinking … and I knew what he was thinking, ‘I can’t believe this is happening to me.'”

When told that supporters had suggested that while other Republican presidents might have nominated Kavanaugh, none would have stuck by him despite everything, Trump agreed. “They would have abandoned,” he responded. “That’s what people do. I think that’s what people do, I think that people do that — not only Republicans but I think that’s what people do.”