President Donald Trump on Tuesday expanded his criticism of the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault and used his strongest words yet to question women coming forward to report abuse.
Speaking to a packed hall in Mississippi, Trump also openly mocked Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh’s accuser, remarking on her difficulty remembering aspects of the alleged attack 36 years ago when the two were in high school.
Trump described the nation’s current political climate as “an important time for our country.” Though he did not mention the #MeToo movement directly by name, he went on to suggest that men like Kavanaugh are under siege from accusations of assault.
“It’s a damn sad situation, okay?” Trump said to the Southaven, Miss., crowd. “And we better start as a country getting smart, and getting tough.”