Trump says it's 'a very scary time for young men in America'

Thursday, 04 Oct, 2018

The remarks were Trump's most pointed yet on Ford's testimony, in which she told the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her decades ago when they were both teenagers.

In testimony provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee last Thursday, Ford claimed that Judge, who is a former classmate of Kavanaugh's, was "urging Brett on", during her alleged attack, at times telling Kavanaugh to stop.

"How did you get home?" he said, taking on the role of prosecutor.

"What neighborhood was it in?" "I don't know. I don't know. I don't know", he continued. I want to make one thing perfectly clear: "We will not be intimidated by these people".

Republican Senator Jeff Flake has condemned Donald Trump " s mockery of a woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting her as "kind of appalling'.

Gillibrand, a potential presidential candidate in 2020, said she has turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation information Wednesday from a constituent who wanted to testify about Kavanaugh's behavior.

Two other undeclared senators, Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Susan Collins, R-Maine, said they are satisfied with the scope and pace of the FBI investigation. It's just not right. Flake added, "I wish he hadn't done it".

"I'll tell you this, the people that have complained to me about it the most about what's happening are women". He denies the accusations, which the FBI is investigating this week. Depending on how Republicans perform on November 6, the eyes of the nation could fall on a November 27 MS runoff in what could become an expensive and high-profile race to determine control of the Senate.

So far, no Republicans have said they would vote against Kavanaugh.

The president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., also said in an interview this week that he's "scared most" for his sons, rather than his daughters. Kavanaugh has denied Ford's accusation as well as allegations by two other women, all dating from the 1980s.

When Trump ordered the FBI investigation last week under pressure from a handful of Senate Republicans, he set a deadline of this Friday for the probe's completion.

At a rally in Mississippi Tuesday evening, Trump complained about the impact the allegations have had on Kavanaugh and his family and the delay some in his own party pressed for to further investigate the claims.

The Democratic leader said Wednesday in a floor speech that Trump should apologize for mocking Ford at a rally Tuesday night in Mississippi. He is requesting that records from Kavanaugh's time in the George W. Bush White House be produced by the Trump administration before the Senate votes on Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Conway, as Trump did Tuesday night, highlighted Ford's "memory lapses" and "factual inconsistencies". There are facts that she can not remember: "how she got home, how she got there, where the house was, what the date was".

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority in the Senate, with Vice President Mike Pence a potential tie-breaking vote, meaning they can only lose one vote on Kavanaugh's nomination.

The fight over Kavanaugh's nomination comes against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men.

The message from Mr Trump and his allies looks to channel the frustration and anxieties of the party's core voters - white men - just weeks before an election.

"They destroy people", he said, referring to Democrats.

But the gloves were off at the campaign rally on Tuesday, as he mocked her mercilessly - apparently in response to Democrats and liberals uncovering more details of Judge Kavanaugh's alcohol-fuelled youth in an effort to stop his confirmation to the Supreme Court, which would tilt the apex court 5-4 in favor of conservatives. Ford identified Judge as a witness to the alleged assault. He writes that he found her "truthful" during their relationship and says he has no ill will toward her.