On Tuesday night, Donald Trump mocked Christine Blasey Ford at a rally in Mississippi, and a few hours later, Ford’s lawyer unloaded on Twitter, calling the president’s behavior “vicious, vile and soulless.”
Ford’s attorney, Michael R. Bromwich — who was spotted beside her during last week’s hearing on Capitol Hill — weighed in on Twitter, calling the commander in chief “a profile in cowardice”:
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. https://t.co/UJ0bGxV1EZ
— Michael R. Bromwich (@mrbromwich) October 3, 2018
The president has been mostly restrained when talking about Dr. Ford and has instead come to the defense of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. However, Tuesday evening marked a dramatic shift.
Trump relied on one of his favorite genres for the event: the one man question-and-answer — the same sketch that he employed when mocking a disabled reporter on the campaign trail. It’s a bit like Abbott & Costello’s famous ‘Who’s on First’ except without the humor.
Watch the clip of the president’s Tuesday evening remarks below:
Trump mocks Dr. Blasey Ford's testimony in Mississippi campaign rally. pic.twitter.com/I4yBLfjOOb
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 3, 2018
Unsurprisingly, Trump’s attacks were met with wide condemnation. On Wednesday morning, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — whom the Republicans desperately need to vote “yes” on Kavanaugh — told NBC’s “Today” show that “there’s no time and no place for remarks like that. To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. I wish he hadn’t have done it. I’ll just say it’s kind of appalling.”
Ford and her testimony regarding allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh rattled Washington last week, and the contentious stretch of days was capped off with Flake voting to advance Kavanaugh’s confirmation under the condition that the FBI would investigate the Supreme Court nominee.
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