During a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday evening, President Donald Trump made fun of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, drawing the ire of Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke.
While he received applause and laughter from those attending the rally, the President was later blasted for his mockery by O’Rourke, who lamented Trump’s denigration of Ford.
“36 years ago, this happened,” Trump said before launching into a mocking impersonation of Ford, who testified on Thursday on the accusations of sexual misconduct she had made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
O’Rourke stood in defense of Ford, saying in a Tuesday tweet that she “showed courage, power, and strength in her testimony,” adding that Ford “should be treated with dignity and respect — not demeaned and belittled by the President of the United States.”
Kavanaugh was recently accused by Ford of attempting to sexually assault her at a party in the summer of 1982. He has since rejected the allegations, providing as evidence his calendars from the period. President Trump, who has repeatedly expressed support of Kavanaugh, mocked his accuser’s testimony regarding her allegation.
“How did you get home?” he said. “I don’t remember. How’d 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.”
He then said it was very dangerous for the country to treat people as guilty until their innocence is proven, maintaining Kavanaugh’s life has been destroyed and his wife left in shatters. “They destroy people. They want to destroy people. These are really evil people,” he said, most likely referring to Democrats.
Republicans have called the allegation a political smear campaign by Democrats while expressing confidence Kavanaugh will be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Senator Lindsey Graham, who has stood in defense of the judge, said he is confident Kavanaugh will be fine in terms of votes.