Donald Trump mocks Professor Christine Blasey Ford at a Mississippi rally, defying his staff’s advice to say nothing about those who have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Ford is the first of three women to describe alleged assaults by Kavanaugh in the early 1980s. She gave compelling testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, forcing a delay in the judge’s confirmation and a White House concession for a one-week limited FBI investigation.
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Trump not only mentioned Ford but embarked on an extended verbal attack as the crowd cheered. Misrepresenting her testimony, he tried to shame her as muddled:
I don’t know. I don’t know. Upstairs? Downstairs? Where was it? I don’t know. But I had one beer. That’s the only thing I remember.
While Ford said some memories of detail of the 1982 incident are unclear, she testified that she is “100%” certain that it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her.
After assailing Ford, Trump continued his portrayal of himself and Kavanaugh as victims of a movement against wealthy men. He declared that men will be fired from their jobs after being unfairly accused of sexual harassment, telling the crowd, “Think of your husbands. Think of your sons.”
Last week, just before the Judiciary Committee hearing, the President said he could sympathize with Kavanaugh because four women have brought unsupported claims of sexual harassment against Trump.
In fact, at least 15 women have said they were harassed and/or groped by Trump, and he has bragged on video about his sexual aggression.
Trump then returned to his attack on Kavanaugh’s accusers: “These are really evil people.”
The tirade marked a return to Trump’s portrayal of Ford as a liar. After Ford’s testimony, with Kavanaugh on the defensive, he said last Friday that he found her “credible”.
After the rally, Ford’s attorney Michael Bromwich responded:
A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well? She is a remarkable profile in courage. He is a profile in cowardice. https://t.co/UJ0bGxV1EZ
— Michael R. Bromwich (@mrbromwich) October 3, 2018