If President Trump’s statement Tuesday morning that it’s a “very scary time for young men in America” had you screaming into the void, just wait until you watch him mock Christine Blasey Ford.
At an evening rally in Mississippi, Trump ridiculed Ford’s emotional Senate testimony against his Supreme Court pick Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who Ford says sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s.
While Ford has said she is certain it was Kavanaugh who trapped her on a bed, groped her, and covered her mouth so she couldn’t scream for help at a summer party, as his friend watched, she has also noted that other memories from the night are hazy. She doesn’t remember how she got home, for example. It’s common for sexual assault victims to remember the attack in great detail, but experience other memory gaps.
President Trump maliciously used that handicap against Ford at the rally.
“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. … And a man’s life is in tatters,” Trump stated, mocking Ford’s testimony from last week.
Trump’s cruel tirade came after Kavanaugh’s former classmates revealed stories of excessive drinking in his youth. Since the Senate hearing, in which Kavanaugh dodged questions about whether he had a drinking problem or ever vomited from drinking too much, news has surfaced of a 1985 bar fight and a 1983 letter in which Kavanaugh called himself and his friends “loud obnoxious drunks with prolific pukers among us.”
After Ford’s measured testimony, Kavanaugh came out raging, at times shouting, crying, and disrespecting Democratic senators as they grilled him. It’s been reported that Trump pushed his Supreme Court nominee to be more furious about the accusation. And if it was anger he wanted out of Kavanaugh, Trump got it. Not that it was a good look. Kavanaugh’s tone on Capitol Hill that day has been widely criticized, especially when compared to Ford’s collegial nature.
The Senate is expected to vote this week on Kavanaugh’s confirmation as the FBI wraps up a short-term investigation into Ford’s account. Ford first told her husband and therapist about the assault, naming Kavanaugh, in 2012, long before he was nominated for a life-time appointment to the highest court in the U.S. She’s also been the target of threats from Trump supporters since coming forward and has had to move and hire a security detail.
Trump’s remarks in Mississippi also follow a bombshell New York Times report noting various tax schemes, some which could be considered fraudulent, in the 1990s.
It looks like bad news after bad news for Trump.