Trump’s remarks came at a midterm campaign rally on Tuesday night at the Landers Center Arena in Southaven, Mississippi, a suburb of Memphis in the far northwest corner of the state.
‘Guilty until proven innocent, that’s very dangerous for our country,’ Trump said of Ford’s testimony last week that Kavanaugh attempted to hold her down and remove her clothes in 1982, when they were both in high school. Kavanaugh strongly denies the allegation.
‘I had one beer!’ Trump told the noisy crowd, mocking Ford’s testimony that she can’t remember the date or location of the alleged attack, but was sure that she had only consumed one beer.
Trump arrives at a midterm campaign rally on Tuesday night in Southaven, Mississippi.
Trump mocked Christine Blasey Ford (left) for claiming she knew she had just one beer the day she claims Kavanaugh (right) attacked her, but could offer no details about the location
Trump continued in a mock cross-examination of Ford: ‘How did you get home? ‘I don’t remember.’ How did you get there? ‘I don’t remember.’ Where is the place? ‘I don’t remember.’ How many years ago was it? ‘I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.”
‘What neighborhood was it in? ‘I don’t know.’ Where’s the house? ‘I don’t know. Upstairs. Downstairs. I don’t know. But I had one beer that’s the only thing I remember!” Trump said.
Trump said that the Democrats opposed to Kavanaugh’s nomination are ‘evil people’ who are out to ‘destroy people.’
He said of Kavanaugh: ‘a man’s life is in tatters. A man’s life is shattered.’
As soon as Trump mentioned Kavanaugh’s name, the crowd in the arena began chanting, ‘We want Kavanaugh’.
Trump arrives at a MAGA rally at Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi on Tuesday
Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Landers Center Arena in Mississippi on Tuesday
Trump was speaking at the ‘Make America Great Again’ rally in support of Mississippi’s two incumbent US senators, Cindy Hyde-Smith and Roger Wicker, both
Due to a special election to fill the seat that Hyde-Smith was appointed to earlier this year, both Senate seats in Mississippi are up for re-election in the November 6 midterm election.
Prior to the rally, numerous groups of Trump supporters gathered along the motorcade route from the airport to the Landers Center.
The crowd in the arena, which holds 8,400, warmed up with a prayer and the singing of the National Anthem.
Opening speeches before Trump arrived also touched on abortion, Brett Kavanaugh, midterm elections and tax cuts.
Supporters of US President Donald Trump stand for the National Anthem before a ‘Make America Great Again’ rally at Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi, on Tuesday