“How did you get home? I don’t remember,” Trump told the crowd in a play on Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, which has prompted an FBI investigation. “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. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know. What neighborhood was it in? I don’t know. Where’s the house? I don’t know. Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? I don’t know. But I had one beer, that’s the only thing I remember.”
He then went on to express sympathy for Kavanaugh.
“And a man’s life is in tatters, a man’s life is shattered,” Trump said. “His wife is shattered. His daughters who are beautiful, incredible young kids — they destroy people, they want to destroy people. These are really evil people.”
While the supporters surrounding him in Mississippi applauded and laughed, many consider his statements victim-shaming and disrespectful to women.
Ford’s legal counsel, Michael R. Bromwich, slammed the speech as a “vicious, vile, and soulless attack” on his client. Bromwich was among many who noted that reactions like Trump’s discourage women from reporting sexual assault.
The rally follows Trump’s remarks to the press earlier in the day about it being a “very scary time for young men in America.”
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