Speaking at a rally in Mississippi last night, President Donald Trump 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.
The president 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.
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
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.
The president’s behavior was savaged in a response from Michael R. Bromwich, a former Department of Justice official who now represents Dr. Ford.
The president’s comments constitute “A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Ford” Bromwich said, in part.
A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well? She is a remarkable profile in courage. He is a profile in cowardice. https://t.co/UJ0bGxV1EZ
— Michael R. Bromwich (@mrbromwich) October 3, 2018
Others also weighed in, noting the “open contempt” the president showed Dr. Ford. Trump himself has been accused of sexual assault by at least 14 women; his behavior has been intensely scrutinized in light of numerous lawsuits filed against him and the existence of an “Access Hollywood” recording from 2005 in which he bragged openly about grabbing women “by the pussy.”
Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony at his latest masturbatory rally. The open contempt he shows for her, and every survivor of sexual assault, is palpable. This soundbite should launch voter registration drives, as well as Election Day caravans. pic.twitter.com/7C3f01vVbv
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) October 3, 2018
Trump, who has been accused of sexual assault by at least 14 women, just mocked Christine Ford for accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
"I don't know. I don't know. Upstairs, downstairs, I don't know. I don't remember."
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 3, 2018
Tonight Trump publicly mocked Christine Blasey Ford.
Mothers and fathers and grandparents of young women, lapped up his filth.
He's a horrible human being.
People supporting him are too.
We are our only hope.https://t.co/p3l87oYDhE
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) October 3, 2018
At a Mississippi rally tonite Donald Trump actually *mocked* Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s poignant Senate testimony about Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged attempt to rape her. Trump could hold his tongue no longer. We have to hope Brett Kavanaugh would’ve found that display disgusting.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) October 3, 2018
Repeat after me: there is no bottom https://t.co/yWk3zrOVer
— Paul Krugman (@paulkrugman) October 3, 2018
Politicians from both sides of the aisle also condemned the president.
Senator Jeff Flake, (R-AZ), who sided with his Democratic colleagues who sought a one-week delay on Kavanaugh’s confirmation to allow an FBI investigation to proceed, called Trump’s comments “appalling.”
“There’s no time and no place for remarks like that,” Flake said in an interview with NBC’s “Today.” To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. I wish he hadn’t done it.”
“There’s no time and no place for remarks like that. But to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right…It’s kind of appalling.” @JeffFlake on President Trump’s comments about Dr. Ford at a rally last night pic.twitter.com/6SaTLZK899
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 3, 2018
Senator Kamala Harris, (D-CA), who questioned Kavanaugh in her capacity as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Dr. Ford “a profile in courage.”
Dr. Ford is a profile in courage. She knew what she was up against when she came forward but spoke out because she felt it was her civic duty. She deserves better.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 3, 2018
Senator Mazie Hirono, (D-HI), expressed her lack of faith in the president, saying: “We can always count on the President to go down to the lowest common denominator, mock people, call people names, attack them.”
"This is what he does." Democratic Senator @maziehirono responds to President Trump's remarks saying, "We can always count on the President to go down to the lowest common denominator, mock people, call people names, attack them." https://t.co/gwk71WNwuW pic.twitter.com/ZaWCUyTY3Y
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) October 3, 2018
The president’s comments were especially jarring because although he had questioned the veracity of Dr. Ford’s account, he had appeared to apply restraint, at one point referring to her as a “credible witness.”
Last week, the president fired back at reports that he and his administration are limiting the scope of the FBI’s investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations leveled at Kavanaugh.