“How did you get home? I don’t remember,” Trump told the crowd in a play on Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, which has prompted an FBI investigation. “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. I don’t know. What neighborhood was it in? I don’t know. Where’s the house? I don’t know. Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? I don’t know. But I had one beer, that’s the only thing I remember.”
He then went on to express sympathy for Kavanaugh.
“And a man’s life is in tatters, a man’s life is shattered,” Trump said. “His wife is shattered. His daughters who are beautiful, incredible young kids — they destroy people, they want to destroy people. These are really evil people.”
While the supporters surrounding him in Mississippi applauded and laughed, many consider his statements victim-shaming and disrespectful to women.
Ford’s legal counsel, Michael R. Bromwich, slammed the speech as a “vicious, vile, and soulless attack” on his client. Bromwich was among many who noted that reactions like Trump’s discourage women from reporting sexual assault.
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
Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me with this? What is the purpose of this? Was there no other vitriol you could spew to rile up your base and deepen this country’s divide? You used THIS?? Do you even understand the message you’re sending? Where is your sense of human decency? https://t.co/SdEh7fFLtL
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) October 3, 2018
@JeffFlake @SenatorCollins @lisamurkowski @Sen_JoeManchin @HeidiHeitkamp this is what the head of @GOP thinks of survivors. Are you a Trump Republican or an American with a heart? #BrettKavanuagh https://t.co/7g1WtYO5Ax
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) October 3, 2018
As a nation, we all should be ashamed of our president. https://t.co/LHVvcrhwXQ
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) October 3, 2018
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
Donald Trump is a pig.
People at that rally laughing as he mocks a woman who calmly, deliberately recounted being sexually attacked? All pigs.
The trolls who are about to reply to this message by smearing her further? Pigs.
None are worth the good profanity. Just pigs in shit..
— David Simon (@AoDespair) October 3, 2018
Remember when he mocked disabled people, and McCain, and Rosie, and shothole countries, and SNL, and Canada, and North Korea, and NFL players, and NBA players, and the FBI and the justice department and Ted Cruz’s wife and… https://t.co/aHSBouvM8q
— Judd Apatow (@JuddApatow) October 3, 2018
I’m so glad he can laugh. Self-care is so important in these dark times! https://t.co/QSZH1iJOSW
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) October 3, 2018
The rally follows Trump’s remarks to the press earlier in the day about it being a “very scary time for young men in America.”
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