At a recent rally in Mississippi, President Donald Trump addressed the testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford regarding her sexual assault allegations against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
The president mocked Ford’s inability to remember some details from the night of the assault, which allegedly occurred in the early 80’s.
“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.’ How many years ago was it? ‘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.’'”
After national outrage, the White House insisted that Trump was not “mocking” Ford, but simply stating facts.
Of course, by any measure, Trump was mocking Ford’s testimony, which CNN acknowledged with this bizarre headline:
“WHITE HOUSE DENIES TRUMP WAS MOCKING KAVANAUGH ACCUSER AFTER TRUMP MOCKS KAVANAUGH ACCUSER”
The reporter featured in the shot, Jim Acosta, lamented how often these types of headlines prove necessary at this moment in American politics.
We have to use these kinds of chyrons a lot. https://t.co/ZhhnbkRJLy
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) October 3, 2018
Many seemed to agree.
The trump era in one chyron
— WriteOn (@writteon) October 3, 2018
— Beth Cain (@bethhhcain) October 3, 2018
That is what it should say
— John Klote (@JKlote) October 3, 2018
OMG CNN. Please let us interview your chyron artist. pic.twitter.com/wpeBmzZKO8
— Amy Argetsinger (@AmyArgetsinger) October 3, 2018
Though Trump mocked Ford for inability to remember certain details, experts have pointed out why that’s normal and may even make Ford more credible.