Sarah Sanders: President Trump was ‘Stating the Facts’ About Christine Blasey Ford’s Testimony

By Emily Ward | October 3, 2018 | 8:04pm EDT
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Screenshot)

( - White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday that President Donald Trump was simply “stating the facts” about Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony when he made comments at a rally in Mississippi Tuesday night that called into question her memory of her alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Sanders was responding to a question by Fox News’ John Roberts, who asked why Trump made the remarks about Ford.

“The president was stating the facts, and frankly, facts that were included in Special Prosecutor Rachel Mitchell’s report,” Sanders said at a press briefing at the White House on Wednesday. “He was stating facts that were given during Dr. Ford’s testimony, and the Senate has to make a decision based on those facts and whether or not they see Judge Kavanaugh to be qualified to hold the position on the Supreme Court.”

Ford accused Judge Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when the two were at a party in high school over 35 years ago, and the judge vehemently denied the allegation.

At the rally, Trump paraphrased Ford’s responses to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee:

“I had one beer. Right? I had one beer.

Well, you think it was –

Nope. It was one beer.

Oh, good. How did you get home?

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, where was it?

I don’t know, but I had one beer. That’s the only thing I remember.”


While Sanders said that Trump was only stating facts from Ford’s testimony, CNN reporter Jim Acosta tried to argue that the president was “mocking” Ford.

“It was pretty obvious that the president was mocking Christine Blasey Ford last night,” Acosta said.

“He seemed to be, to the delight of the crowd there in Mississippi, mocking her repeatedly,” he added. “Isn’t there something wrong with the president of the United States mocking somebody who says she was sexually assaulted?”

Sanders again said that Trump was stating facts, and pointed out that while Judge Kavanaugh’s words had been “picked apart,” “no one” had questioned Ford’s allegation.

“It seemed to me that he was stating facts that Dr. Ford herself laid out in her testimony. Once again, every single word that Judge Kavanaugh has said has been looked at, examined, picked apart by most of you in this room. But not – no one is looking at whether or not the accusations made are corroborated, whether or not there’s evidence to support them,” Sanders said.

She noted the “hypocrisy” among mainstream media outlets and blamed Democrats for the Supreme Court confirmation chaos.

“We’re pointing out the hypocrisy,” Sanders said. “Again, none of this would be taking place if Democrats had done this in a normal order and not exploited Dr. Ford and attacked Judge Kavanaugh in such a public manner. All of this could’ve been handled completely differently, and the Senate Democrats hold all of the responsibility for that process.”


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