Thursday, many in the United States watched the highly anticipated testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the confirmation hearing for President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee. Dr. Ford alleged Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when she was 15 years old.
But people also wondered if Trump himself watched the proceedings. The President's preference for getting his news and information from television versus the printed word is well documented.
Now word from White House sources say Trump did watch Dr. Ford testify, or at the very least Fox News coverage of the testimony.
President Trump is watching Dr. Ford's testimony at the White House, an official tells @NBCNews - @kwelkernbc— MSNBC (@MSNBC)1538071894.0
The White House says Trump has been watching Christine Blasey Ford's testimony. Is he watching on Fox News? https://t.co/f7X6TwF287— Brian Stelter (@Brian Stelter)1538072267.0
While the President can generally rely on Fox to give him good news, today's coverage even on that network presented Ford as "highly credible."
Fox News' Chris Wallace at the first break in Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's testimony: Her testimony is "extremely em… https://t.co/SaEx794nLo— Matthew Gertz (@Matthew Gertz)1538062465.0
This bodes ill for the President's nominee, which cannot sit well with the man himself. And according to those same sources, it has not.
Person close to Trump says Trump is raging at how bad this has been for Republicans so far. Trump told people Ford… https://t.co/8n4RFxrziZ— Gabriel Sherman (@Gabriel Sherman)1538064792.0
People found the stories of Trump's anger over the way Thursday morning's testimony went credible as well.
@TheRoot I think we all are, if not for the same reason.— Katchoo1 (@Katchoo1)1538074549.0
@TheRoot @horsecrazybean @realdonaldtrump cannot handle the TRUTH he will be more comfortable when Kavanaugh starts… https://t.co/7Vpe2lk0tu— KeithLeBlanc (@KeithLeBlanc)1538074736.0
@gabrielsherman He's upset that this is bad for the GOP. He's not upset that Kavanaugh(t) actually did this.— GHill (@GHill)1538064997.0
@gabrielsherman @MSchwartz3 Trump has a history of believing the last person he talked to. It won’t last long.— Solgud (@Solgud)1538065991.0
@gabrielsherman Credible just like the women who accused trump— pmb50 (@pmb50)1538065930.0
@gabrielsherman @christinawilkie What is striking here is how Trump is only concerned with how she comes off on TV,… https://t.co/1A36LwUCpR— Forrest Brakeman (@Forrest Brakeman)1538065800.0
People could certainly understand why Ford's testimony would upset the President.
In addition to Ford's credible testimony, the GOP came off poorly during her portion of the hearing as well. With the midterm elections looming on the horizon, alienating female voters could prove disastrous in November.
@gabrielsherman The Republicans seem to be handling this in a way that's lose-lose: Kav is sinking, before our eyes… https://t.co/mJXnzgDNck— Steve Kettmann (@Steve Kettmann)1538065040.0
@SteveKettmann @gabrielsherman Much of my generation is still furious over the way Anita Hill was treated, nearly 3… https://t.co/dJAFYHeLhY— TimeForACTION (@TimeForACTION)1538065588.0
@ClaudiaWheatley @SteveKettmann @gabrielsherman I'm 44 and was a teenager during those hearings. I was absolutely h… https://t.co/IoG8SltN3x— Wendy Darling (@Wendy Darling)1538066734.0
@wcdarling @ClaudiaWheatley @SteveKettmann @gabrielsherman 49, here too.— #VoteBlue 2020 (@#VoteBlue 2020)1538067252.0
@janda_keenan @wcdarling @ClaudiaWheatley @SteveKettmann @gabrielsherman 53, same— kathy cole (@kathy cole)1538068964.0
@kcole_16 @janda_keenan @wcdarling @ClaudiaWheatley @SteveKettmann @gabrielsherman Agreed. I'm still mad as hell t… https://t.co/YFbcpJIQ9z— Hashtag-I-Am-The-Whistleblower (@Hashtag-I-Am-The-Whistleblower)1538077368.0
@SteveKettmann @gabrielsherman This is bringing up memories for older women who realize it didn't have to be that w… https://t.co/nvbLtTY4Wi— miss speech (@miss speech)1538073306.0
@SteveKettmann @gabrielsherman We need many of those young women to run for elected office. Local, state, & Federal… https://t.co/r9IIhnwQa3— DesertWolfPS (@DesertWolfPS)1538067273.0
@SteveKettmann @gabrielsherman Which brainy GOP person decided that this hearing today would somehow be better for… https://t.co/Spw4KPM4BJ— FrankinCalifornia (@FrankinCalifornia)1538065907.0
@SteveKettmann @gabrielsherman Heck, @GOP is thinking that it worked for Clarence Thomas, why not Kavanaugh? Absolu… https://t.co/7bbTp2pXHQ— catbyte 🌊 🆘 (@catbyte 🌊 🆘)1538076676.0
@ezraklein @gabrielsherman Republicans either play the victim or blame the victim.— M. O. (@M. O.)1538076211.0
@gabrielsherman I'm pretty sure most Republicans Senators actually believe her, they just either don't want to admi… https://t.co/fg0eBpI8jT— Leran Minc (@Leran Minc)1538065104.0
As Brett Kavanaugh takes over to end the day's hearing, it is hard to say how the President will feel by tomorrow morning.