President Trump mocked the account of a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of assault and told a MS crowd that the #MeToo movement was unfairly hurting men. She is remarkable profile in courage.
Imitating her, he said: "But I had one beer - that's the only thing I remember". "I don't remember", Trump said, mocking Ford's answers during last week's hearing. Trump noted that she did not remember during her testimony how she got home following what she described as a sexual assault by Kavanaugh. I don't remember. How'd you get there? I don't remember. Where is the place? 'How many years ago was it?' I don't know. I don't know. What neighborhood was it in?
"I don't know. I don't know", he said. 'I don't know. I don't know. Downstairs? Where was it?' 'I don't know.
"'Nope. It was one beer.' Oh good".
Mr. Trump said "a man's life is shattered", referencing Kavanaugh, and "these are really evil people".
"A man's life is in tatters".
Ms Ford's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, called Mr Trump's attack "vicious, vile and soulless". "He is a profile in cowardice".
After her testimony, even Trump himself called her "very credible", and even few Republicans questioned that she truly was a victim of sexual assault, even while they expressed doubts about the identity of her attack.
A defiant Kavanaugh came out with guns blazing, insisting the assault never happened, accusing Democrats of destroying his reputation and condemning his confirmation battle as a "national disgrace".
Earlier in the day, Trump bemoaned what he says has become the marching orders in the #MeToo movement - guilty until proven innocent. "Guilty until proven innocent" - that's very unsafe for our country".
Kavanaugh is Trump's second pick to fill a supreme court vacancy.
Under pressure from opposition Democrats and handful of his own Republicans, Trump on Friday ordered a fresh FBI investigation into allegations of Kavanaugh's misconduct during his youth.
The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance said Tuesday evening that it is reviewing the allegations in the article and "vigorously pursuing all appropriate avenues of investigation".
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. "They destroy people, they want to destroy people", he said referring to Dr. Ford and the people backing her accusations.