During a 60 Minutes interview that aired Sunday, President Trump was asked if he thought it was respectful to mockingly mimic sexual assault survivor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at one of his political rallies, prompting thousands of people to boo her.
Trump responded by saying it doesn’t matter, because the man she accused of assaulting her — Brett Kavanaugh — was ultimately confirmed to the Supreme Court.
“Had I not made that speech, we would not have won,” Trump said, referring to an October 2 speech in which he mocked Blasey Ford for not being able to remember details surrounding the night in the summer of 1982 when she claims Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party while one of his friends looked on.
“Professor Blasey Ford got before the Senate and was asked, ‘What’s the worst moment?’ and she said, ‘When the two boys laughed at me,'” interviewer Lesley Stahl pointed out to Trump, prompting him to shrug. “And then I watched you mimic her and thousands of people were laughing at her.”
“I will tell you this — the way now-Justice Kavanaugh was treated has become a big factor in the midterms,” Trump replied. “Have you seen what’s gone on with the polls?”
“I think she was treated with great respect, I’ll be honest,” he added. “There were those who think she shouldn’t have been.”
President Trump on his treatment of Justice Kavanaugh accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford during a speech in Mississippi: “Had I not made that speech, we would not have won.” pic.twitter.com/We2r9Zi9Iz
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 15, 2018
“Do you think you treated her with great respect?” Stahl asked.
“I think so, yeah, I do,” Trump replied.
“But you seem to be saying that she lied,” said Stahl.
“I’m not going to get into it because we won,” said Trump. “It doesn’t matter. We won.”
It wasn’t the only moment during the interview when Trump revealed he’s not overly worried about the morality of his actions.
Trump also brushed aside concerns that he’s palling around with Kim Jong-un as Kim presides over a regime that runs gulags and starves its own people, saying “Look, look — I get along with him, okay?… let it be whatever it is. I get along with him really well, I have a good energy with him, I have a good chemistry with him.”
Lesley Stahl on Kim Jong Un: "He presides over a cruel kingdom of repression, gulags, starvation…slave labor, public executions. This is a guy you love?"
President Trump: "I know all these things… I get along with him, okay? … Let it be whatever it is to get the job done.” pic.twitter.com/J6Gbuns2t6
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 14, 2018
Trump also reiterated that he thinks curtailing arms sales to Saudi Arabia in light of the Saudi regime’s apparent responsibility for murdering a dissident journalist would be a bridge too far, saying, “I don’t want to hurt jobs.”