President Trump lashed out at Christine Blasey Ford during his Mississippi rally Tuesday night, implying her allegations against Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh cannot be believed because she doesn’t remember the entire night.
“’I had one beer.’ Well do you think it was… ‘Nope. It was one beer.’ Oh good. How did you get home? ‘I don’t remember.’ 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.’ What neighborhood was it in? ‘I don’t know.’ Where’s the house? ‘I don’t know.’ Upstairs? Downstairs? ‘I don’t know. But I had one beer that’s the only thing I remember,’” Trump said during the rally.
Ford, who the President called a “very credible witness” with “very compelling” testimony last week,” claims Kavanaugh tried to rape her during a high school party in Maryland during the summer of 1982. While testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Palo Alto University professor remembered vivid details about certain aspects of the alleged assault, but not others.
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, a Boston-based psychiatrist with decades of research on post-traumatic stress, told the Daily News that selective memory isn’t uncommon in such instances.
“The nature of trauma, the nature of terror is that it overwhelms the brain and the brain’s coping mechanism — but you remember terror. Maybe you don’t remember the context, but you remember the terror,” he said.
Trump’s remarks outraged many of Ford’s defenders, including Mayor de Blasio.
“@realDonaldTrump attacked Christine Blasey Ford tonight because that’s all he has left,” de Blasio tweeted. “He can’t defend his dishonest nominee or the sham of a process. All Trump can do is attack a woman who showed more courage in one day than he has in his entire life.”
But Trump insisted that the gaps of Ford’s memory mean none of her testimony can be trusted.
“A man’s life is in tatters. A man’s life is shattered. His wife is shattered. His daughters, who are beautiful, incredible young kids,” he said at the rally. “They destroy people. They want to destroy people. These are really evil people.”
Two other women have also gone public with allegations of misconduct against Kavanaugh, who has denied all claims.
Earlier in the day, Trump said the #MeToo movement has created “a very scary time” for men, while women are doing “great.”