Despite saying last week that her Senate testimony was “very credible,” President Donald Trump ridiculed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party when they were teenagers.
In front of a rally crowd in Mississippi, Trump did a partial reenactment of Ford’s testimony before the Judiciary Committee, mocking her by alternating his voice between hers and that of the person asking her questions, challenging the truthfulness of her assertions.
WATCH: President Trump mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Trump's Supreme Court pick Judge Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, during rally in Mississippi. https://t.co/pZfWN8IFMV pic.twitter.com/81YEs8oXr5
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With the people behind him laughing openly, Trump, pretending to be Ford, said, “I had one beer.” Then, pretending to be the person asking her the questions, he asked, “How did you get home?” Switching back to impersonating Ford, he answered, “I don’t remember.”
Trump continued, pretending to ask Ford, “How did you get there?” Again he replied as though he was Ford, saying, “I don’t remember.”
This went on, with Trump alternating between the two voices. “Where’s the place?”
“I don’t remember.”
“How many years ago was it?”
Trump answered, in Ford’s voice, “I don’t know,” even though he started off his riff by saying it happened 36 years ago.
Trump continued in this fashion for a while, asking more questions and pretending to be Ford answering, “I don’t know.” God forbid a woman should forget some of the details surrounding a traumatic event that happened when she was 15 years old and in an unfamiliar place. Ford did testify that the incident occurred in an upstairs room in the house and that she is “100 percent” certain her attacker was Kavanaugh.
Then Trump switched gears and started talking about Kavanaugh and calling the women accusing him “evil.”
“And a man’s life is in tatters. A man’s life is shattered. His wife is shattered, his daughters, who are beautiful, incredible young kids. They destroy people. They want to destroy people. These are really evil people.” Gee, it’s a wonder more woman don’t come forward when they’ve been sexually assaulted, given how kindly they’re treated.
Trump himself has been accused by many women of sexual harassment and has famously bragged on microphone that he likes to grab women’s “pussies” and that “when you’re famous,” they let you do that.
Trump was conspicuously quiet about the Ford accusations initially, tweeting only once that he wanted to see the police records from when the attack happened. However, as he is well aware, there are none, because young girls don’t typically go to the police when they are assaulted. They’re more likely to keep it private and just feel bad about themselves for however long—sometimes even decades.
Ford’s lawyer, Michael R. Bromwich, responded to Trump’s attacks on Ford, tweeting, “A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christin 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.”
Trump continued to praise Brett Kavanaugh at the rally, causing the audience to respond with chants of “We want Kavanaugh! We want Kavanaugh!”
But, at the same time, Trump distanced himself a little bit from Kavanaugh, who was his nominee. Trump claimed, “I don’t even know him. I met him for the first time a few weeks ago. It’s not like I want to protect my friend.”
Just last week, Trump said of Ford, “I thought her testimony was very compelling, and she looks like a very fine woman to me, very fine woman.” Now, all of a sudden, she’s “evil.”
The people at the rally much prefer the “evil” narrative. Several of the rally attendees told NBC News that they didn’t believe Ford’s accusations, and even those who do believe her didn’t seem to think it was such a bad thing.
“You have to forgive,” said Michele Stuber, 55, of Holly Springs Mississippi. “If everybody in Congress had to ‘fess up to everything they’d done … there’d be nobody left.”