On September 17, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — who at that time had just come forward to say Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her — “should not be insulted, and she should not be ignored.”
Less than two weeks later, and following Dr. Ford’s public testimony about the alleged assault on Thursday, President Trump’s favorite TV channel is all in on discrediting her.
Guests on Thursday’s edition of Laura Ingraham’s show repeatedly teamed up with the host to smear Ford.
At one point, Ingraham mocked Ford as “a combination of Rosa Parks, Joan of Act — she was the heroine of all time.” Right-wing commentator Michelle Malkin responded by claiming that Ford’s “traumatic incident” — the assault she says Kavanaugh perpetrated against her — “seared a hole in her brain.”
.@IngrahamAngle @michellemalkin Apparently Ford's 'traumatic incident' has "seared a hole in her brain" and Kavanaugh has been convicted and hung by these "hang them high justice feminists" pic.twitter.com/FYqehJ37vw
— Jason Campbell (@Dasein90) September 28, 2018
At another point during Ingraham’s show, White House-connected lawyer Joe diGenova called Ford “a deeply troubled person. She has a history of psychological discord.”
“She went to the West Coast for one reason: She had so many problems in that school that they sent her away,” diGenova added. “She is a very sad woman.”
Laura Ingraham guest Joe diGenova calls Dr Christine Blasey Ford "a deeply troubled person. She has a history of psychological discord … She went to the West Coast for one reason: She had so many problems in that school that they sent her away. She is a very sad woman" pic.twitter.com/ctjLNO2dOZ
— Andrew Lawrence (@ndrew_lawrence) September 28, 2018
DiGenova also smeared Ford during an appearance on Lou Dobbs’ Fox Business show.
Joe diGenova: Christine Blasey Ford "is a very troubled woman. Her testimony had the sound of a teenager — let's remember, she is in her 50s. She has been an emotional wreck for a number of years, and the testimony today showed that she is a very sad person. " pic.twitter.com/xqcSy9lf8B
— Brendan Karet 🚮 (@bad_takes) September 28, 2018
Along similar lines, on Sean Hannity’s show, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) claimed Ford “has a problem, and destroying Judge Kavanaugh’s life won’t fix her problem.”
Video of Graham telling Hannity that "Ms. Ford has got a problem" pic.twitter.com/w8DlEoNGom
— Andrew Prokop (@awprokop) September 28, 2018
On the Friday morning edition of Fox & Friends, host Brian Kilmeade criticized Ford for admitting she consulted with friends a few months ago about if and how she should come forward with her story.
Brian Kilmeade on Fox&Friends: “Here’s a woman who has a Phd, is very bright, and asking her beach friends what to do about it?”
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) September 28, 2018
Newt Gingrich joined the show and suggested that as a psychologist, Ford should understand that her own recollection of events isn’t necessarily true.
Newt Gingrich: Christine Blasey Ford "is a psychologist. She ought to understand people often believe things 36 years later that just aren't true." pic.twitter.com/nGDyONdJQB
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) September 28, 2018
Later, Malkin joined and framed Ford’s allegation in the context of false rape accusations.
Fox News finds another new low:
"The actual rate of lying about rape or sexual assault is anywhere between 8 percent and 41 percent, and in some precincts in New York City it's actually 90 percent." (h/t @giphychiller and @tylermonroe7) pic.twitter.com/hEJdYIjnPS
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 28, 2018
Graham, meanwhile, joined the show and continued to push a bizarre theory that Ford unequivocally shot down during her testimony on Thursday — that was she indeed assaulted, but is mistaken about the identity of the assailant.