04 October, 2018
"Well, do you think it was - nope, it was one beer", Trump said at a campaign rally in MS, questioning what Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee during testimony last week. Trump also paid off a porn actress for silence over an alleged one-night stand with her when his son Barron was only a few months old. Kavanaugh has denied Ramirez's allegations.
"Oh, good. How'd you get home?"
He added: "How did you get there?" "I never saw Brett black out or not be able to remember the prior evening's events, nor did I ever see Brett act aggressive, hostile or in a sexually aggressive manner to women", wrote one of them, Dan Murphy, a former suitemate of Kavanaugh.
Trump then asked and answered a series of questions with the responses "I don't remember" and "I don't know". "That's all I know".
Imitating her, he said: "But I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember".
But Sanders argued that Trump was simply pointing out gaps in Ford's testimony that had also been noted by sex crimes prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who was hired by Republican senators to question her during the hearing.
He had previously called her a "very credible witness". Bromwich tweeted. "She is a remarkable profile in courage".
The comments were an extension of Trump and his base's feeling that men - specifically powerful or famous men like himself and Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh, along with the men who support them - are increasingly under threat, a feeling that has bubbled to the surface in the wake of the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh's allies say Democrats are raising issues of character because they know the Federal Bureau of Investigation will not be able to prove allegations of sexual assault. This despite the fact that the interview list has grown to include other possible witnesses, CNN has reported based on attorneys for people who have been contacted.
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Since Ford's allegation surfaced, two other women have come forward alleging sexual misconduct by the judge. Ford was seated at a table in the packed hearing room flanked by her lawyers, facing a bank of senators.
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What did Mr Trump say?
The message from Mr Trump and his allies looks to channel the frustration and anxieties of the party's core voters - white men - just weeks before an election.
"You can be somebody that was flawless your entire life and somebody could accuse you of something. and you're automatically guilty".
"Think of your son", Trump said.
What Trump and his supporters appear to miss in those statements is that life has always been hard for some men; men who have lived in fear of being prosecuted unjustly. Or young men. Or middle-aged men. If he lied about his past actions on national television, and more especially while speaking under oath in front of the United States Senate, I believe those lies should have consequences.
"We exhausted the attempts to try to corroborate, or not, what Dr. Ford had said, and what others have said", Cornyn said separately, referring to the FBI background investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh.
Mitchell, who was hired by the Senate Judiciary Committee to assist Republicans, addressed the letter to "All Republican Senators", and said no senator approved the memo.
They also have to confront a wave of Republican retirements, as well as the president's sagging approval ratings and the tide of controversy around his White House. Indeed those that have come forward have refuted the allegations.