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Trump Mocks Christine Blasey Ford at Mississippi Rally as Supporters Cheer
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=23323"><span class="small">Tom McCarthy, Guardian UK</span></a>   
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 08:24

McCarthy writes: "In a raucous campaign-style rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night, Donald Trump mocked Christine Blasey Ford, who in wrenching testimony at a hearing before the Senate judiciary committee last week said the supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager."

Christine Blasey Ford answers questions at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018.	 (photo: Melina Mara/Reuters)
Christine Blasey Ford answers questions at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., September 27, 2018. (photo: Melina Mara/Reuters)


Trump Mocks Christine Blasey Ford at Mississippi Rally as Supporters Cheer

By Tom McCarthy, Guardian UK

03 October 10


Republican Jeff Flake calls Trump’s speech ‘kind of appalling’ while Ford’s lawyer condemns ‘vicious, vile and soulless attack’

n a raucous campaign-style rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night, Donald Trump mocked Christine Blasey Ford, who in wrenching testimony at a hearing before the Senate judiciary committee last week said the supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when she was a teenager.

As hundreds of supporters cheered, Trump delivered a crude imitation of Ford from her testimony, in which she vividly described a violent sexual assault she alleges Kavanaugh committed against her in the early 1980s, while admitting that certain details of the time and place were lost to memory.

Early Wednesday, Republican Senator Jeff Flake, a key member of the Senate judiciary committee that held the hearing, called Trump’s remarks “kind of appalling.”

Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by at least 20 women, whose allegations he has denied and dismissed. But last week he called Ford a “very credible witness” and said: “I thought her testimony was very compelling and she looks like a very fine woman to me, very fine woman.”

At his rally, the president mocked Ford’s testimony with a question-and-answer patter that brought cheers from the crowd in Southaven, Mississippi.

“How did you get home?” Trump said, echoing a question Ford was asked by the committee. “I don’t remember,” the president said.

“How did 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? ‘I don’t know.’ Where’s the house? ‘I don’t know.’”

Trump concluded the riff by lamenting the personal cost to Kavanaugh of Ford’s allegations and by insinuating that Ford was part of a partisan conspiracy. “They destroy people, these are really evil people,” Trump said.

But Flake pushed back on Wednesday morning.

“To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. It’s just not right, and I wish he had not done it,” Flake said on NBC. He was standing next to Democratic senator and fellow committee member Chris Coons of Delaware.

Flake triggered an FBI investigation of Kavanaugh last Friday when, at the last minute and after being confronted by two protesters in an elevator on Capitol Hill, he agreed to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination – but only if there was a week delay for law enforcement to investigate allegations of serious sexual misconduct against the judge. The White House then ordered the investigation.

Flake made his about-face having signaled moments earlier that he would vote to approve Kavanaugh outright, then huddling in frantic negotiations with his Democratic rivals on the committee. He has since continued his strong stance of questioning Kavanaugh’s nomination.

On Tuesday night after the remarks, Michael Bromwich, a member of Ford’s legal team, condemned “a vicious, vile and soulless attack”.

Writing on Twitter, he said of Ford, and Trump: “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.”

Last week’s day of drama had followed an extraordinary hearing by the committee the day before when Kavanaugh and Ford gave dueling testimony about a party in their high school years at which Ford says the-then 17-year-old Kavanaugh attempted to rape her, when she was 15. He furiously disputed the account in an emotional and partisan display.

In contrast to Trump’s portrayal on Tuesday evening, Fordaccurately placed multiple people in Kavanaugh’s contemporaneous social circle – as established by his archived calendars from the era – at the the scene, and gave a clear account of the alleged attack itself.

In her testimony, she said: “I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school.”

Kavanaugh is Trump’s second pick to fill a supreme court vacancy. The confirmation process for Trump’s first pick, Neil Gorsuch, proceeded to a vote without significant controversy.

But Kavanaugh has been waylaid by accusations of sexual assault by Ford and two other women who have spoken out publicly, and by doubts about his testimony before the Senate, which included conspiracy-mongering and dubious descriptions of his high school and college years.

Speaking under oath before the Senate committee, Kavanaugh denied any drinking problem and denied bragging about sexual conquests in a high school yearbook entry.

Former classmates have since stepped forward to say that Kavanaugh was a frequent drunk. The New York Times on Tuesday published a handwritten letter by Kavanaugh instructing friends participating in an upcoming holiday rental to “warn the neighbors that we’re loud, obnoxious drunks with prolific pukers among us”.

In testimony last Thursday, Ford described attending a house party in the Washington DC suburbs in the early 1980s at which she was pushed into a bedroom where a drunk Kavanaugh held her down, groped her, tried to strip her and left her fearing for her life.

Republicans have insinuated that Ford mistook Kavanaugh’s identity.

Ford told the Senate she was “100%” certain that he was her attacker, Kavanaugh said he was “100%” certain he was not.

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+16 # Benign Observer 2018-10-03 09:07
This is done so the NEXT victims won't come forward.

It's extraordinary that Trump uses the vast power of the presidency to attack individual citizens, even moreso that the people he attacks are the handicapped, the victims, the poor and the powerless. How pathetic.

What's more alarming is the people at the rallies who cheer him on. America has always had an ugly, dark side that allowed us to decimate the indigenous population, enslave millions, segregate Japanese Americans, treat asylum seekers like animals, blacklist citizens, wage war with impunity and cage helpless children.

It's the side of America we should guard against and fight to minimize, not glorify.

Trump will be gone, I hope in two years. But what do we do about those who believe him? How do we rise above our past (and present)?

Calling people names won't do it, and we all know ugliness like this increases when people are poor and afraid.

I'd say the GOP is 'winning' at least in part because Democrats gave up the fight when they embraced neoliberalism. I hope we will take over one or both Congressional branches, but if we do we need to pressure Democrats to improve education and work for economic security for ALL Americans. But I don't have much hope.

Pelosi already said she won't pursue impeaching Trump or Kavanaugh.

Even if we boot the GOP out that does not guarantee things will get better for most of us.
 
 
+2 # wilhelmscream 2018-10-03 09:30
Dear Trump: What goes around, comes around!
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2018-10-03 20:17
For the sake of the country and the entire planet, it better come around pretty quick.
 
 
+11 # BetaTheta 2018-10-03 09:43
Come on, Senator Flake: "Kind" of appalling??
 
 
0 # wilhelmscream 2018-10-03 15:10
Agreed
 
 
0 # wilhelmscream 2018-10-03 15:17
Flake is too “Flakey” 4 the Senate! And does “kind of appalling” mean Senator "Flakey” mostly agrees with Trump?
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2018-10-03 20:19
More important, does it mean he'll vote no?
 
 
+4 # 1dfnslblty 2018-10-03 11:05
A better essay would have pursued potus' mental illness and misogyny at the conclusion ~ it’s potus blowing the dog whistle and the committee hiding behind it.
I don’t want one more day with this potus.
 
 
+7 # Glen 2018-10-03 11:54
To repeat my comments concerning Kavanaugh: Trump today is that same undeveloped person he was in high school.

You can find people as crude and crass, and a few have been president - remember George W.? - but that is to the shame of the folks who manipulate the system and citizens who fall for it.
 
 
-1 # giraffee23 2018-10-03 12:02
A president has a duty to uphold the law - and attacking Ford in favor of a presidential pick for a job is below the law. SEPARATION of power should mean something. One could (should) campaign against Orange in same way he accosted Ford using the proven lies he has inflicted on the public.

This should not be too difficult for anyone running against Orange. Turn the tables on Orange bc gathering his lies (fact checked, of course) would not be lies.
JUST DO IT -- that is VOTE like you life and liberty depend on YOUR VOTE bc they do.

VOTE D straight down the page = it's the right way to go -- unless u wish to live under Herr Orange
 
 
0 # pmargaret7 2018-10-03 18:32
I like your take and like that you refer to him as "Orange". That should become his universal name from now on - ORANGE! He is much more than tiresome and it is getting hard to figure out some of the commutations various people use when ruefully having to refer to him. Orange it shall be for me from now on - short and to the point, but fully incorporating what an imbecilic/commo n jerk he is. Actually, this is demeaning to the fruit and the color, but oh-so fitting!
 
 
0 # wilhelmscream 2018-10-03 21:36
Can we call Trump "Agent Orange”, since he is nothing but poison?
 
 
0 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-10-03 16:40
Mannerless, lying, orgulous blowhard Pestilent Trump leading the rest of the blind.