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President Trump “mocked” Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony at a campaign rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night, according to several media reports.

“Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford at campaign rally,” wrote NBC News. “Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, tells people to ‘think of your son,’” wrote CNN. “President Trump Mocked Kavanaugh Accuser Christine Blasey Ford at a Mississippi Rally,” wrote Time magazine.

“Trump shamelessly mocks Ford at rally as more Kavanaugh dirt surfaces,” wrote Mashable. “Trump Mocks Ford’s Testimony at Rally, Begs Crowd To ‘Think Of Your Son,’ wrote National Public Radio.

“Trump mocks Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony at Mississippi rally,” wrote CBS News. “Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser at Mississippi rally,” wrote the Washington Post.

The New York Times headlined its piece “Trump Taunts Christine Blasey Ford at Rally,” then listed two bullet points on its front web page. One read: “At an event in Mississippi, President Ford mocked the woman who accused Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual assault.” The other read: “He imitated her, exaggerating her responses at last week’s hearing. The crowd cheered.”

Trump did speak about the charges Ford has leveled against Kavanaugh. He presented the facts from the viewpoint of his nominee and supporters. He asked questions, then provided her answers, pointing out she remembers distinctly drinking one beer but can’t remember how she got to or got home from the alleged party, where the house was, when the incident took place or numerous other details key to reconstructing the event.

He did suggest false accusations of sexual misconduct posed a real threat to boys and men today. But did he mock Ford’s testimony?

No, tweeted Ari Fleischer, former White House press secretary under President George W. Bush. “He didn’t mock Professor Ford. He pointed out many of the inconsistencies in her account – something the MSM won’t do, because they’re too invested in attacking Brett Kavanaugh. If the press were balanced, they would have raised the same issues Pres. Trump raised here.”

The Washington Post’s story, by Josh Dawsey and Felicia Sonmez, read in the second paragraph: “Trump, in a riff that has been dreaded by White House and Senate aides, attacked the story of Christine Blazey Ford at length – drawing laughs from the crowd.”

Later, it read: “In her testimony last week, Ford told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago when they were both teenagers. Kavanaugh has angrily denied the allegations.”

Mashable’s news account, by Brittany Levine Beckman, wrote: “If President Trump’s statement Tuesday morning that it’s a ‘very scary time for young men in America’ had you screaming into the void, just wait until you watch him mock Christine Blasey Ford.”

Later, Beckman wrote: “Trump’s cruel tirade came after Kavanaugh’s former classmates revealed stories of excessive drinking in his youth.” And later: “After Ford’s measured testimony, Kavanaugh came out raging, at times shouting, crying, and disrespecting Democratic senators as they grilled him. It’s been reported that Trump pushed his Supreme Court nominee to be more furious about the accusation. And if it was anger he wanted out of Kavanaugh, Trump got it. Not that it was a good look. Kavanaugh’s tone on Capitol Hill that day has been widely criticized, especially when compared to Ford’s collegial nature.”

The New York Times said Trump was “playing to the crowd of thousands gathered to cheer him on” and that he had “pretended to be Dr. Blasey testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday,” which doesn’t appear to be true from the tape.

“His voice dripping with derision, he then imitated her being questioned at the hearing, followed by her responses about what she could not recall about the alleged attack.”




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