During a campaign rally in Mississippi on Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified to Congress last week that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in high school.
The audience — attending the event in support of Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress — loudly cheered as the president mimicked Dr. Ford’s testimony. “How did you get home? 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.”
The video of Trump mocking Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony at his rally. Remember, aides were initially surprised at his restraint on the matter. pic.twitter.com/p75xQrDeJD
— andrew kaczynski🧐 (@KFILE) October 3, 2018
Trump then warned his supporters that men are the real victims, reminding them that the men in their lives could also be accused of sexual misconduct. He claimed he himself has faced “many false allegations” against him. Over a dozen women have credibly accused Trump of sexual assault and harassment; the president has never been able to reliably refute their allegations, other than to call them all liars.
Trump tonight seemed to tell the crowd that their husbands and sons and could be falsely accused of sexual misconduct. "Think of your son. Think of your husband." (via CBS) pic.twitter.com/ImGVGfJFqh
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 3, 2018
Michael R. Bromwich, an attorney for Dr. Ford, responded to Trump’s remarks on Twitter, asking “Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?”
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
Earlier on Tuesday, Trump claimed it’s a “very scary time for young men.”
The president reiterated his complaints about the perceived lack of “due process” for Kavanaugh — who is not on trial, but auditioning for a high-profile job with a lifetime appointment.
Several moments after Trump describes Kavanaugh’s treatment as “abuse” and decries guilty until proven innocent, the crowd goes into “Lock her up!”
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) October 3, 2018
The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman noted the crowd at the “Make America Great Again” rally revived its “lock her up” chant for Dr. Ford.