Conway Defends Trump's Remarks on Ford: There Is No Corroboration, 'Gaps in Her Memory'
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Wednesday defended President Trump's questions around the sexual misconduct accusations from Christine Blasey Ford.
At a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night, Trump appeared to mock Ford for not being able to remember some aspects of the night she was allegedly attacked by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. He emphasized that Ford remembers having "one beer" only, but doesn't recall other key details.
"'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,'" the president remarked, drawing cheers from the crowd.
Conway said on America's Newsroom that Trump was merely pointing out the factual inconsistencies in what Ford told the Senate last week.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2018
"There are gaps in her memory. There are facts that she cannot remember. ... There are many different satellites floating around the core issue here, which is should Brett Kavanaugh be confirmed to the United States Supreme Court as the nominee," she said.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who surprisingly called for the FBI investigation into Kavanaugh, called Trump's remarks "appalling."
"There’s no time and no place for remarks like that," he told NBC. "To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right."
“There’s no time and no place for remarks like that. But to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right…It’s kind of appalling.” @JeffFlake on President Trump’s comments about Dr. Ford at a rally last night pic.twitter.com/6SaTLZK899
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Conway revealed on Sunday during an interview that she herself is a victim of sexual assault, and said on Wednesday she doesn't hold all men responsible for what happened.
"I hold the perpetrator responsible for that," she said. "I don't think we should be judging the harm, the grief and the impact on those who have suffered ... we shouldn't judge that according to their politics.