Featured Image Credit: President Donald Trump waves to supporters in the balcony seats at a rally Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Southaven, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
“The President’s comments were just plain wrong.” – Susan Collins, U.S. Republican Senator
There’s a predictable equation to Trump’s rallies. He stands before his base, he hurls crude insults, usually at the expense of Democrats, and then the crowd cheers.
At a gathering in Southaven, Mississippi Tuesday night, the president stuck to his usual guns and, to the delight of attendees, focused on the latest source of division in the country, the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Their enjoyment quickly became lawmakers’ horror when it became apparent Trump’s target of choice for the evening was Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing the judge of sexual assault.
Trump proceeded to imitate Ford, repeatedly poking fun at the fact that she couldn’t recall details of the alleged sexual assault, before proclaiming because of her a “man’s life was in tatters.”
“I had one beer. Well, do you think it was — nope it was one beer,” Trump said, mimicking Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday. “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. How many years ago was it? I don’t know.”
“I don’t know. I don’t know,” Trump continued amid applause. “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.”
All three Republican senators seen as swing votes in the Kavanaugh confirmation vote condemned the performance. Sen. Jeff Flake called the comments “appalling,” Sen. Susan Collins called them “plain wrong” and Lisa Murkowski called them “wholly inappropriate.”
On the other side of the aisle, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer denounced Trump for his “outright mockery of a sexual assault survivor.”
Host Chip Franklin personally defined the remarks as flat-out “victim shaming.” In the podcast below, he and his co-host, Nikki Medoro, discussed the president’s bullying of Ford and questioned how his supporters could still stand behind him after this.
“This is a large country. There is no way everybody is going to agree. I have no problem with you being pro-life, I don’t have any problem with people looking at gun rights differently than me, we can have that debate,” said Medoro. “I do have a problem with you choosing this person to be our leader.”