In his speech, Trump scoffingly imitated Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee and doubted the validity of her claims that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the 1980s.
WATCH: President Trump mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Trump's Supreme Court pick Judge Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, during rally in Mississippi. https://t.co/pZfWN8IFMV pic.twitter.com/81YEs8oXr5
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 3, 2018
Last week following her testimony, Trump said Ford “was very compelling” and that “she looks like a very fine woman.” But during Tuesday’s rally, he taunted Ford, pretending to speak both as her and the lawyer who interviewed her during the hearing.
“‘I had one beer.’ Well do you think it was…” Trump said. “‘Nope. It was one beer.’ Oh good. 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. I don’t know. I don’t know.’”
“What neighborhood was it in?” he continued as the crowd cheered. “‘I don’t know.’ Where’s the house? ‘I don’t know. Upstairs. Downstairs. I don’t know. But I had one beer, that’s the only thing I remember.’”
Trump then said that “a man’s life is in tatters” and said people against Kavanaugh’s confirmation are “evil.”
Ford’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich, tweeted that Trump’s speech was a “vicious, vile and soulless attack” on his client.
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
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano, who attended Kavanaugh’s hearing as a guest of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), tweeted that Trump’s mocking of Ford was “the most misogynist display of barbaric insensitivity” she had seen.
BREAKING: Trump mocks Dr. Ford (Video)
Your father is an asshole.
This is the most misogynist display of barbaric insensitivity I’ve ever seen.
THIS IS WHY I DIDN’T REPORT. THIS RIGHT HERE.
Women are watching. And we vote. pic.twitter.com/VJgWPzNlRd
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) October 3, 2018
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H/T the Cut