The fight over Kavanaugh's nomination to a lifetime job on the top United States court comes against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault that has toppled a succession of powerful men.
The ridicule of Ford, delivered at the Landers Arena here in deeply conservative DeSoto County, is in stark contrast to the respectful way in which Trump and his aides had previously treated Ford's testimony, even as they have stood by Kavanaugh and his assertion that he never assaulted her or anyone else. It's a very scary situation where you're guilty until proven innocent.
President Trump talks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday before boarding Marine One for a trip to Pennsylvania and Tennessee. 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.
Some Republicans fear pushing ahead with Kavanaugh's confirmation could alienate women voters, while Democrats are seeking to capitalize on the controversy. "You could be somebody that was ideal your entire life, and somebody could accuse of something".
Asked then about his messages to men and women, Trump criticized the Kavanaugh case and said at one point: "When you are guilty until proven innocent, it's just not supposed to be that way". Kavanaugh has denied the incident.
Senators, including Republican Jeff Flake, struck a deal the following day that gives the FBI one week to conduct an investigation and deliver a report.
"I was very troubled by the tone of the remarks". 'I don't remember.' How did you get there? 'How did you get there?' I don't remember. He called himself the victim of "a calculated and orchestrated political hit" by Democrats, lashing out at Democratic senators and frequently interrupting them.
Trump was more prudent, however, when asked about the outcome of the upcoming Senate vote on whether to approve Kavanaugh for the highest USA court. Trump subsequently ordered the investigation.
Kavanaugh, he said, is "fighting very hard for his reputation, for his family".
"I think it's very unfair to bring up things like this", Trump said. "There have been a lot of people over the past year that have lied to Congress, and to me that would not be acceptable".
"I would continue to urge my colleagues to vote against him, and we need to educate the American people about the reasons for those decisions so that, in fact, they will be on the side of my colleagues", he said.
Meanwhile, the Federal Bureau of Investigation aims to complete its supplemental background check into the allegations of sexual misconduct made against Kavanaugh by the end of this week, and as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell plans to hold a vote on the nominee in the coming days.
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Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said Friday would be too soon.