Donald Trump mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony at rally, and people in the crowd laugh
When he was running for president, Donald Trump boasted that he would "hire the best people." Well, apparently the best person he can find for a Supreme Court Justice is Brett Kavanaugh, a man credibly accused by three women of sexual misconduct. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford alleges that Kavanaugh tried to sexually assault her at a high school party. Deborah Ramirez alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself and thrust his penis in her face at a Yale dormitory party. And Julie Swetnick claims she observed Kavanaugh drink excessively at house parties, then engage in aggressive behavior, including gang rapes. (Wow, sounds like a great guy!)
Ford told the Washington Post that "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." Last Thursday, she testified about her allegations in front of the Senate Judiciary committee. Since going public with her claim, Ford, a mother of two teenagers, has gotten death threats and had to move out of her own house. During her patient, deferential, heart-wrenching testimony, she courageously relived her trauma and was remarkably accommodating.
Afterward, Kavanaugh testified in front of the committee, and his character was the complete opposite. He was belligerent, petulant, and indignant. He yelled his answers, if he answered their questions at all, and sniffed like a angry bull. Showing a stunning lack of respect, he snapped at senators, childishly parroting their questions back at them. When Senator Klobuchar asked if he ever drank until he blacked out, he sarcastically retorted, "I don't know, have you?" In one bizarre, nakedly partisan rant, he claimed the hearings were a "political hit" by liberals to get "revenge for the Clintons." It resembled an audition to be a Fox News pundit more than a job interview for Supreme Court Justice.
Initially, President Trump called Ford a "credible witness" and said her testimony was "compelling." However, he contradicted himself at a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night. While giving a speech to his adoring supporters, he mocked Ford's convincing testimony, ridiculing her for not remembering all the details about her alleged sexual assault.
"Thirty-six years ago, this happened. I had one beer!" said Trump. "How did you get home? I don’t remember. How did 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." Trump paused, as his supporters applauded the mockery of a sexual assault survivor. "What neighborhood was it? I don’t know. Where’s the house? I don’t know. Upstairs? Downstairs? Where was it? I don’t know. But I only had one beer. That’s all I remember."
Rather than sympathize with Ford, the president sympathized with Kavanaugh - possibly because he's been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen women. To Trump and his supporters, Ford's allegations are false, and part of a malicious plot by liberals to destroy the reputation of an innocent man. "A man’s life is in tatters" said Trump. "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."
(Funny how these "evil people" didn't try to "destroy" Trump's last Supreme Court Justice nominee, Neil Gorsuch. Especially considering that the pick was rightfully President Barack Obama's, as the vacancy occurred during his second term. In 2016, Obama nominated moderate Judge Merrick Garland but the Republican-controlled Senate outrageously refused to hold any proceedings for his nomination.)
Republican Senators Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins condemned Trump's mockery of Ford, calling them "appalling," "inappropriate" and "just plain wrong." These GOP Senators are the supposed "swing votes," undecided on confirming Kavanaugh until the FBI investigation concludes. Reportedly, the FBI may end their investigation as early as today, with a Senate vote on Friday.
Last Tuesday, Trump told reporters, "It’s a very scary time for young men in America, when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of. This is a very difficult time." Well, it's also a very scary time for women, when they bravely come forward to speak about their sexual assault, and are viciously mocked by the president of the United States at a rally, to rapturous applause.