After a short period of uncharacteristic restraint regarding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations of sexual assault against his Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday in an attempt to discredit Ford's statements.
The president praised Kavanaugh's character, decrying the allegations against him and subsequent demands from Democrats that they be investigated.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing polit… https://t.co/BpC6phYn0J— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1537534606.0
The president said that if the assault was "as bad as she says," there would be filings with state authorities. He criticized Ford's legal team for allegedly waiting 36 years to call for an investigation, despite Ford insisting she revealed the incident to no one until telling her husband of it around 2002 then elaborating on it in therapy in 2012.
I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed w… https://t.co/4sgOHYo7kF— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1537535673.0
The radical left lawyers want the FBI to get involved NOW. Why didn’t someone call the FBI 36 years ago?— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1537536587.0
Previously, the president had expressed doubt on the allegations, but still relayed that Ford should have her say. Now, many are criticizing his reversal.
So much for the “restraint” his aides were touting this week in Trump’s comments on Dr. Ford. He’s back to tweeting… https://t.co/Gfrb1ltpeI— Jim Acosta (@Jim Acosta)1537536499.0
@realDonaldTrump Right, Donnie, that's exactly what 15 year old girls (or boys) do when they are sexually assaulted… https://t.co/81aJiKyFiL— Chris (@Chris)1537544664.0
@realDonaldTrump A high school student was supposed to go to the FBI??? What difference would it make if papers wer… https://t.co/7lwNdstRcu— Something Something (@Something Something)1537544677.0
@realDonaldTrump Dear @SenateMajLdr & @SpeakerRyan: I hope you're enjoying watching your illegit, crooked, corrupt… https://t.co/rWN1OMaTXi— Andy Ostroy (@Andy Ostroy)1537536567.0
@realDonaldTrump For someone who’s bragged about assaulting many women, you really have a shitty understanding of how those things play out.— Jon Bershad (@Jon Bershad)1537535759.0
Though his attacks weren't exactly a surprise.
@realDonaldTrump I knew it was only a matter of time before the #AssaulterInChief would say something stupid about… https://t.co/4eiqtuNlLK— Lennie Appelquist (@Lennie Appelquist)1537537305.0
You can always count on Trump to do the most despicable thing possible, especially when it comes to women. It was o… https://t.co/YnH8oCoaNM— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1537536777.0
Trump's relative restraint on Ford's accusations lasted five days. He is now following his own playbook for sexual… https://t.co/JQSdgGw572— Philip Rucker (@Philip Rucker)1537537297.0
@realDonaldTrump Wow, who else was taking bets on when he’d say something stupid or hateful? Do you know about ever… https://t.co/n4Ywql2EHt— Amy (@Amy)1537547995.0
@realDonaldTrump I guess somebody was hiding your phone over the weekend. I knew you couldn't last too much longer… https://t.co/jbTTS5nSVA— KarenW (@KarenW)1537545424.0
As some pointed out, Trump's most recent attacks against Ford mirror his own relationship with sexual assault allegations.
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward's new book Fear: Trump in the White House describes an incident in which Trump advised a friend who'd admitted to inappropriate behavior towards women:
"You've got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women. If you admit to anything and any culpability, then you're dead. That was a big mistake you made."
The president has been accused of sexual assault by well over a dozen women. He infamously bragged about committing sexual assault in a leaked recording which captured him saying, "when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p***y." As far as "pushing back" on these women goes, Trump has denied assault claims citing women's appearances. Regarding one accuser, Jessica Leeds, Trump said at a campaign rally:
“Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you,You don’t know. That would not be my first choice...When you looked at that horrible woman last night, you said, ‘I don't think so.’ ”
Dr. Ford has been heavily criticized, harassed and threatened since going public with her allegations. While many immediately dismiss it as a hoax due to the length of time it took to come forward.
Trump's tweet this morning spurred some to enlighten him as to why that is.
@realDonaldTrump 100% incorrect! Back in those days school officials just passed it off as something that kids do.… https://t.co/1hc2ABiBBP— 🌊 PeopleOverProfits 🌊 (@🌊 PeopleOverProfits 🌊)1537547752.0
@realDonaldTrump If every victim of sexual assault reported it to the authorities right after it happened, you'd be in prison for life.— aka David Dennison (@aka David Dennison)1537547455.0
@realDonaldTrump .@realDonaldTrump you’re such a burning sphincter. Are you really playing the classic rape-shame /… https://t.co/abFAxtMezZ— Nicholas Denmon (@Nicholas Denmon)1537548278.0
@realDonaldTrump You make me sick! When a girl, or a woman does come forward, she’s immediately treated as a piece… https://t.co/VBXh2TggAs— President Poopy Pants💩 (@President Poopy Pants💩)1537547576.0
Ford and her legal team are still in negotiations to coordinate her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week. The attacks lobbed from anonymous Twitter users to the President of the United States are unlikely to relent.