President Donald Trump mocked Christine Blasey Ford, the California university professor who accused Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
During a campaign rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night, Trump mimicked the moments during which Ford told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee she could not remember some details of the incident.
He launched into a mock question-and-answer exchange from the podium:
“How did you get home? I don’t remember. How’d you get there? I don’t remember. Where is the place? I don’t remember.”
The audience laughed and applauded as Trump echoed his earlier lamentations about the toll the accusations from Ford and others have taken on Kavanaugh — and what he believes is the new risk that “young men in America” face in the #MeToo era.
Ford sat for an hourslong hearing in front of the committee on Thursday, during which she recalled the alleged assault and the emotional and psychological trauma she says she endured for years afterward. Just days ago, Trump called Ford a “credible witness,” and said her testimony was “compelling.”
Watch Trump’s Tuesday night remarks below:
Michael Bromwich, one of Ford’s attorneys, responded to Trump:
“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.”
The president’s most recent comments come hours after Ford’s attorneys released a letter they sent to the FBI rebuking the agency for not interviewing Ford about her claims.
Ford’s attorneys say they heard nothing from anyone at the bureau since a Friday night phone call with the agency. They say it is “inconceivable” that it could conduct a deeper inquiry into the allegations against Kavanaugh without interviewing Ford.
“We also sent you a series of emails and letters in which we identified witnesses and evidence that would likely assist the FBI in its investigation into Mr. Kavanaugh’s sexual assault of Dr. Ford and asked you to forward them to the supervisory agent,” the letter reads.
“Despite these efforts, we have received no response from anyone involved in this investigation and no response to our offer for Dr. Ford to be interviewed.”
Several news outlets on Tuesday, including NBC News, cited sources who said the FBI does not plan to interview Ford or Kavanaugh.