The outrage poured in from all sides: Republican senators, Democratic lawmakers, news-show hosts, even celebrities like George Takei, the guy who played Hikaru Sulu on Star Trek.
Just days after calling Christine Blasey Ford a “very credible witness” and “very fine woman” who had delivered “compelling” testimony against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump used a Mississippi campaign rally to launch a mocking attack on the Palo Alto University professor.
“How did you get home? I don’t remember,” Trump told the audience, making fun of Ford’s testimony last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “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. I don’t know. 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.”
It took a few nanoseconds for the outrage over Trump’s remarks to start flowing.
Yes, some stood by the president, starting with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who dismissed criticism of the remarks against Blasey Ford: “The woman has been accommodated by all of us, including Senate Judiciary Committee,” Conway told reporters. “She’s been treated like a Faberge egg by all of us, beginning with me and the President. He’s pointing out factual inconsistencies.”
And “Lena” wrote on a Yahoo comment forum: Trump “is right. (Ford) didn’t remember anything important to the case. Should he make believe she did? Her friends don’t remember also! This should not have even been a case.”
But much of the reaction to Trump’s mockery has been decidedly negative.
Here’s a sampling:
GOP Sen. Jeff Flake: “There’s no time and no place for remarks like that. To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. It’s just not right. I wish he hadn’t had done it. It’s kind of appalling.”
GOP Sen. Susan Collins: “The President’s comments were just plain wrong.”
GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham: “President Trump went through a factual rendition, and I didn’t like it. I would tell him to knock it off — it’s not helpful. But it can be worse, someone could be dead.”
Actor Chris Evans, on Twitter: “Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me with this? What is the purpose of this? Was there no other vitriol you could spew to rile up your base and deepen this country’s divide? You used THIS?? Do you even understand the message you’re sending? Where is your sense of human decency?”
Actor George Takei, on Twitter: “As a nation, we all should be ashamed of our president.”
Author and TV producer David Simon, on Twitter: “Donald Trump is a pig. People at that rally laughing as he mocks a woman who calmly, deliberately recounted being sexually attacked? All pigs. The trolls who are about to reply to this message by smearing her further? Pigs. None are worth the good profanity. Just pigs in s–.”
Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade: “The tactic of the president laying low has been lauded by all sides. Last night, he chose to blow it as the FBI is handing in the report as early as today. I wonder about the wisdom, as much as the crowd loved it, I wonder about the wisdom tactically of him doing that.”
Texas Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D), on Twitter: “Dr. Ford showed courage, power, and strength in her testimony. She should be treated with dignity and respect — not demeaned and belittled by the President of the United States.”
This article provided by NewsEdge.