Donald Trump under fire for mocking Christine Blasey Ford’s memory
President Trump is under fire on Wednesday after mocking Christine Blasey Ford’s inability to remember key details surrounding the night 36 years ago when she was allegedly sexually assaulted by Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, now his Supreme Court nominee.
At his rally in Mississippi Tuesday night, Mr. Trump pointed out the various issues he found in her testimony, like the fact that should couldn’t remember the specific date, location or how she got there. The crowd laughed and cheered in response.
“But I had one beer! That’s the only thing I remember,” Mr. Trump said.
Democrats have denounced the president’s comments as divisive and disrespectful the morning after Mr. Trump’s rally.
“This vile, mocking attack on a credible, immensely powerfully eloquent survivor of sexual assault is a mark of disrespect and disregard not only for Dr. Blasey Ford, but for the entire survivor community,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on CNN’s “New Day.”
Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona also joined the growing criticism.
“To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right,” he said on NBC’s “Today” show. “I wish he hadn’t done it. It’s kind of appalling.”
Mr. Flake, a Republican, is a key swing vote that could determine if Judge Kavanaugh gets confirmed as a Supreme Court justice or not. Though he voted the nominee out of committee, Mr. Flake has not revealed what he will decide when it comes to the full Senate vote set for this week.
Mr. Trump ignored the criticism on Wednesday, tweeting that voters are angry about the “despicable way Democrats are treating Brett Kavanaugh.”
I see it each time I go out to Rallies in order to help some of our great Republican candidates. VOTERS ARE REALLY ANGRY AT THE VICIOUS AND DESPICABLE WAY DEMOCRATS ARE TREATING BRETT KAVANAUGH! He and his wonderful family deserve much better. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2018
The president’s controversial comments were a drastically different tune from thedescription of Ms. Blasey Ford’s allegations he gave to reporters on Friday.
Mr. Trump said he watched her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee and felt she was ” a very fine woman, a very credible witness.”
The memory issues Mr. Trump mocked on Tuesday were highlighted in a memo that prosecutor Rachel Mitchell sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday.
Kavanaugh opponents are already advertising based on the president’s rally comments.
Brian Fallon, a former spokeswoman for Hillary Clinton’s campaign, shared a new ad specifically directed to Maine Sen. Susan Collins, another potential Republican swing vote.
NEW DIGITAL AD: Versions will run in Maine, Alaska and Arizona, starting tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/UX5x6FeNd6 Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) October 3, 2018
Ms. Collins told reporters on Wednesday that “the president’s comments were just plain wrong.”