Attorney Michael Avenatti took President Donald Trump to task after he, speaking at a rally in Mississippi last night, openly mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the Stanford University professor who alleges Brett Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, sexually assaulted her at a party in high school.
“Call him what he is – a misogynist pig with no respect for women,” Avenatti wrote, in part.
Regardless of your politics, you should be outraged by the POTUS standing before a crowd and mocking a woman who claims she was sexually assaulted. @realDonaldTrump sought applause and laughter at her expense. Call him what he is – a misogynist pig with no respect for women.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 3, 2018
Many concurred, and at least one person suggested that the president should be subject to Congressional censure.
He has no respect for men, women, or children. I base that solely on his words and actions and not because I despise him with every cell in my body.
— Impeach Trump (@TrumpHaterShirt) October 3, 2018
And the people there should be ashamed of themselves. That was truly horrifying and reminiscent of Nazi rallies. I’m so saddened to have witnessed this
— Kristina (@kmiranda1973) October 3, 2018
Words can’t express how much of a degrading lowlife Trashy Trump really is and even worse the sick demented people backing and supporting his actions it’s something bullies and children do and these actions will have effects on people and the world for life it’s a shame
— paul (@paulnascarfan) October 3, 2018
I just feel like that whole spectacle last night was fundamentally, morally, ethically, wrong and dishonest — she was anything but confused — it shouldn't be permissible in a civilized society, it's cruel and wrong. He should at least be subject to #CongressionalCensure
— MattB (@MattheosB) October 3, 2018
Not only am I outraged but as a mom it breaks my heart that this is the world my daughter is growing up in. She deserves better. We all deserve better. Regardless of gender, party etc…
— Heather (@tatt2dmom1) October 3, 2018
Avenatti is only the latest to condemn the president, who sought to poke holes in Dr. Ford’s account by acting out parts from last week’s hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I had one beer!” Trump said, characterizing Ford’s testimony about her level of intoxication at the time of the attack.
“How did you get home?” the president asked, taking on the role of prosecutor.
“I don’t remember,” he said in his Ford voice.
“How did you get there?” Trump continued, reverting to his role as prosecutor.
“I don’t remember,” he replied in the Ford voice.
The president then mockingly asked and answered a series of questions with the responses “I don’t remember” and “I don’t know.” The crowd laughed and cheered behind him. A woman seated behind him held up a bright pink “Women for Trump” sign.
WATCH: President Trump mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Trump's Supreme Court pick Judge Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, during rally in Mississippi. https://t.co/pZfWN8IFMV pic.twitter.com/81YEs8oXr5
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 3, 2018
Last week, Trump lashed out at Avenatti shortly after Avenatti revealed the identity of his client, Julie Swetnick, who became the third woman to come forward with sexual assault claims against Kavanaugh.
The president, seeking to undermine allegations brought forward by Dr. Ford and Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s who says he exposed himself to her during a fraternity party, called Avenatti “a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations” against him and “is just looking for attention.”
Avenatti is a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations, like he did on me and like he is now doing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh. He is just looking for attention and doesn’t want people to look at his past record and relationships – a total low-life!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 26, 2018
Avenatti soon responded, and he took particular umbrage at the president’s claim that he has leveled false accusations.
“Like those crimes your fixer Cohen pled to?” Avenatti asked, referencing former Trump attorney and fixer Michael Cohen, who last month pleaded guilty to eight criminal counts––five charges of felony tax evasion, two counts of campaign finance violations, and one count of bank fraud––in a case which vindicated Avenatti’s client, the adult film actress Stormy Daniels, whom for so many months the president and Cohen had maligned. Cohen said that he made the payments at Trump’s behest to buy Daniels’s silence and influence the 2016 presidential election.
“False accusations?” Like those crimes your fixer Cohen pled to? You are an habitual liar and complete narcissist who also is a disgrace as a president and an embarrassment to our nation. You are so inept that your “best and brightest” are Cohen and Giuliani. Let’s go.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 26, 2018
Others accused the president of projection, pointing out that he has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by numerous women, and that he has a long history of defending men accused of sexual assault, a list which includes Kavanaugh, former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, embattled Republican candidate Roy Moore, and Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.