SOUTHAVEN, Miss. — President Trump mocked the account of a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of assault and told a Mississippi crowd that the #MeToo movement was unfairly hurting men.

Trump, in a riff that has been dreaded by White House and Senate aides, attacked the story of Christine Blasey Ford at length – drawing laughs from the crowd. The remarks were his strongest attacks yet of her testimony.

“‘I don’t know. 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,'” Trump said of Ford, as he impersonated her on stage.

“I don’t remember,” he said repeatedly, apparently mocking her testimony.

Ford has said the incident happened in an upstairs room and that she is “100 percent” certain it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her, although she has acknowledged that her memories of other details of the evening remain unclear.

Trump then told the crowd that men were going to be fired from their jobs after being unfairly accused of sexual harassment. Trump himself has been accused of harassment by many women and has been caught on tape bragging about grabbing women.


“Think of your husbands. Think of your sons,” Trump told the crowd.

He said that Kavanaugh’s life was “in tatters” and urged the crowd to think about his family. And in an apparent swipe at all of Kavanaugh’s accusers, he declared: “These are really evil people.”

In a tweet after the rally, Michael Bromwich, an attorney for Ford, called Trump’s remarks “a vicious, vile and soulless attack” on his client.

“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,” Bromwich said.

Trump made the remarks at a freewheeling rally that comes as the FBI investigates allegations that the embattled Supreme Court nominee sexually assaulted female students while in high school and college.

The remarks were Trump’s most pointed yet on Ford’s testimony, in which she told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago when they were both teenagers. Kavanaugh has angrily denied the allegations.


Trump had previously refrained from attacking Ford personally, although he sent a tweet last month in which he questioned why Ford or her parents had not “immediately” filed charges with local law enforcement after the alleged incident.

Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with the Kavanaugh drama, aides say, and sees it as key to the midterms.

The president lavished praise on Kavanaugh at the rally, and the crowd responded with similar enthusiasm, breaking out into chants of, “We want Kavanaugh! We want Kavanaugh!”

But Trump also seemed to distance himself from his own nominee, even as he told the crowd he needed their support to get him through.

“I don’t even know him. I met him for the first time a few weeks ago. It’s not like I want to protect my friend,” Trump said.

Speaking for more than an hour, Trump touched on several of his favorite topics including his new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, the crowd size at his events and the state of the economy.


He also mocked Democrats as acting “holier than thou” and focused on several potential 2020 contenders by name, including former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. At one point, he also appeared to suggest that one Senate Democrat drinks too much, offering no proof for his attacks but urging the crowd to Google the senator’s name.

Trump was visiting Mississippi to rally support for Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, R, before the November election. Hyde-Smith, the state’s first female senator, was appointed to succeed longtime Sen. Thad Cochran, R, who resigned from the Senate in April amid health concerns. She faces three opponents in the nonpartisan special election for the remaining two years of Cochran’s term: Republican Chris McDaniel and Democrats Mike Espy and Tobey Bartee.

Espy, if elected, would become the first black senator to represent Mississippi since shortly after the Civil War.

Trump threw his support behind Hyde-Smith in August, declaring in a tweet that she had helped him “put America First!” If no candidate earns more than 50 percent of the vote on Nov. 6, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff on Nov. 27.

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