At an October 2nd Mississippi rally, Donald Trump mocked the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, the courageous woman who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the alleged sexual assault perpetrated against her by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Trump likened the allegations to the same “false” ones lobbied against him during his campaign.
“It happened to me. It shouldn’t happen to him,” Trump said during the rally, held to drum up support for Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith. “‘Thirty-six years ago this happened: I had one beer. I had one beer,'” Trump continued, mimicking Ford. “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.'”
Trump later said, “It is a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of.”
This is Trump’s first blatant attack on Ford since she came forward with her allegations against Kavanaugh. He previously questioned why she didn’t immediately report the assault, but he refrained from commenting further until now.
Let’s get one thing clear: Dr. Ford is not claiming to remember every single minor detail from an event that happened nearly 40 years ago. But she has remained clear and unwavering on one very important detail: She knows the man who pinned her down and muffled her screams that night was Brett Kavanaugh.
And while Ford fully admitted to not remembering everything about the encounter, Kavanaugh made a number of dubious and suspect statements during the September 27th hearing (he claimed he has never been an out-of-control or “blackout” drunk, though there have been many reports of his aggressive and unruly behavior while under the influence of alcohol—including a letter he himself wrote to friends in 1983 in which he called himself and his clique “loud, obnoxious drunks.”)
Trump’s comments are more than just inappropriate and unprofessional—they are cruel, and they could potentially discourage other victims from coming forward to speak their truth.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault, know that we support you and stand with you, and so do countless others. You can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 any time, day or night.