Trump Mocks Kavanaugh Accuser Ford’s Testimony About Sexual Assault
President Donald Trump once again failed to maintain the restrained tone that had been drawing praise, as he dropped his respectful attitude toward Dr. Christine Blasey Ford in favor of mocking the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
During a campaign rally Tuesday night in Southaven, Mississippi, Trump attacked Ford for failing to remember key details about the circumstances of her alleged assault.
Trump took on the role of a prosecutor questioning Ford as he engaged in a back-and-forth with himself before a crowd of laughing and cheering supporters.
“How did you get home?” Trump asked in the voice of a mock prosecutor before answering in his version of Ford, “I don’t remember.”
“How’d you get there? ‘I don’t remember.’ Where is the place? ‘I don’t remember.’ How many years ago was it? ‘I don’t know,'” he continued. “What neighborhood was it in? ‘I don’t know.’ Where’s the house? ‘I don’t know.'”
Trump claimed having “one beer” was the only thing Ford remembers about the alleged assault even though she provided numerous other details about the attack during testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday.
The comments from Trump drew swift criticism, including from Republican Senator Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who has played a key role in Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.
During an interview with NBC’s “Today” show on Wednesday, Flake described Trump’s mocking of Ford as “kind of appalling.”
“There’s no time and no place for remarks like that,” Flake said. “To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. It’s just not right. I wish he hadn’t done it.”
Flake last week called for a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation to be delayed until the FBI conducts an investigation of sexual misconduct allegations, and his vote could be crucial to confirming the federal appeals court judge to the Supreme Court.
Ford’s lawyer Michael Bromwich also lashed out at Trump in a post on Twitter, calling the president’s remarks 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?” Bromwich tweeted. “She is a remarkable profile in courage. He is a profile in cowardice.”
In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Senator Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, noted the remarks by Trump mocking Ford are nothing new for the president.
“We can always count on the president to go down to the lowest common denominator, mock people, call people names, attack them,” Hirono said. “This is what he does.”
She added, “The thing that Dr. Ford did remember with 100 percent recollection was that it was Brett Kavanaugh who attacked her.”
Trump was previously given credit for the respect he showed toward Ford, as he called her testimony “very compelling” and described her as a “very fine woman” in remarks from the Oval Office last Friday.
The president has struck a harsher tone this week, however, telling reporters before departing for Mississippi that it is a “very scary time for young men in America.”
“What’s happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice,” Trump said. “You could be somebody that was perfect your entire life and somebody could accuse you of something.”
“But in this realm, you are truly guilty until proven innocent,” he added. “That’s one of the very, very bad things that’s taking place right now.”
Trump acknowledged to the crowd in Mississippi that he has been accused of sexual misconduct by numerous women but described it as “part of the job description.”
by RTTNews Staff Writer
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