US President Donald Trump said today that the jokes he made against Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual abuse, helped Republicans put the magistrate on the Supreme Court.
"If I had not made that speech, we would not have won, I just said that she seemed to know nothing," the president argued in an interview on CBS.
During an election rally on October 2 in Mississippi, Trump scoffed at the gaps in memory that Ford had acknowledged shortly before, when he testified before the Senate to explain the abuses he allegedly suffered in 1982, when she and Kavanaugh were teenagers.
Ford maintains that, when he was at a student meeting in a house, Kavanaugh (accompanied by a friend) forced her into a room, tried to remove her clothes, felt his body and covered her mouth to prevent him from screaming, event that ended when she managed to escape and lock herself in a bathroom.
When Ford testified before the Senate he acknowledged that he did not remember some details, such as the way he returned home.
Trump, in that meeting in Mississippi, imitated in a burlesque tone the testimony Ford had given before the Senate and said: "In what neighborhood was it? I do not know." Where was the house? I do not know. On the floor above, on the floor below? "I do not know, but I had a beer, that's all I remember."
Pressed by the journalist who interviewed him, Trump defended that he always treated Ford with "great respect" and assured that "he was not really making fun of her".
"What I said about the person we have been talking about is that he did not know the year, the time, the place," he said.
The Senate, where Republicans have a majority, confirmed Kavanaugh for a lifetime position in the Supreme Court on October 6 with one of the narrowest margins in history, since, of the hundred senators, 50 voted in favor and 48 They were positioned against.
The confirmation process attracted thousands of women to the US Congress, who protested in the corridors and in front of the offices of their senators to demand that they not endorse Kavanaugh's candidacy for the Supreme Court because of the accusations against him. .
The magistrate was publicly accused of sexual abuse by three women.