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Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford over Kavanaugh allegations

04 October 2018, 06:29 | Darnell Patrick

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John Hain

President Donald Trump's mockery of Christine Blasey Ford sparked an immediate backlash Wednesday among two critical Republican swing votes on the nomination of Supreme Court hopeful Brett Kavanaugh, with Sens.

'Guilty until proven innocent, that's very unsafe for our country, ' Trump said of Ford's testimony last week that Kavanaugh attempted to hold her down and remove her clothes in 1982, when they were both in high school.

Kavanaugh has denied the accusations by Ford, by Deborah Ramirez, who says he exposed himself to her during a college party, and by Julie Swetnick, who has alleged she was victimized at a party attended by Kavanaugh and his friends.

Jeff Flake, one of three Republicans crucial to Kavanaugh's being approved for the court but seen as undecided, called Trump's ridicule of Christine Blasey Ford in a MS campaign speech "appalling". To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Mr Trump said: "My whole life I've heard, "you're innocent until proven guilty", but now you're guilty until proven innocent". "It's kind of appalling".

Even Fox News' John Roberts asked Sanders why Trump took his nasty tone, given the blowback that has ensued next day from three GOP senators who are on the fence about Kavanaugh and whose votes will be the difference between Kavanaugh's confirmation or not, Jeff Fake, Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski.

But the next morning, even Republican senators who have supported Kavanaugh's nomination condemned Trump's comedy bit.

Trump told the crowd they should do an online search for "Patrick Leahy slash drink".

"We will not be intimidated by these people", McConnell said. Murkowski told CNN, "In my view, the Federal Bureau of Investigation needs to be free to do its job as the investigating body".

Republicans hit back, saying Democrats were using yet another strategy to try and derail Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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"A man's life is in tatters", he said.

The Kavanaugh question followed some female Republicans on the campaign trail Wednesday.

The father-son attack on women who come forward with charges of sexual misconduct despite the trauma and the public opprobrium it involves enraged liberals who say the remarks showed just exactly why women are reluctant to come forward - rampant mansplaining and misogyny amid misrepresentation of facts. On their part, Democrats dug out Kavanaugh's letters from his youth in which he wrote of he and his friends being "obnoxious drunks and prolific pukers". I don't remember. How'd you get there?

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith was rushing to a vote Wednesday when a woman shouted at her: "Do you believe survivors?"

"I don't have all the answers, and I don't remember as much as I would like to", she said. "Think of your husband", while claiming he has had "many false allegations" against him.

Trump's comments about Ford reflected a growing frustration among some in the White House, and by the president, that her story has not received the same level of scrutiny as Kavanaugh's, said a person close to the process who was not authorized to speak publicly.

Corker serves on the committee and is expected to vote for Kavanaugh.

While some senators from both parties have said they'd like at least a summary of the findings to be released, Senate procedures call for such checks to be kept confidential and it's unclear what will be released, other than through leaks.

Besides Trump, Senate Republicans also began to aim credibility questions at Ford.



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