CNN contributor and USA Today columnist Kirsten Powers on Wednesday took a hammer to President Donald Trump’s attacks on Christine Blasey Ford.
During an interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Powers said that the president was discouraging women to come forward with their stories of sexual assault by openly mocking an alleged victim.
“This is exactly why women don’t feel comfortable coming forward with their stories,” she said. “This is the kind of attack that Christine Blasey Ford has been under nonstop.”
Powers, who herself is a victim of past sexual assault, said she was particularly appalled that the president made fun of the gaps in Ford’s memory about the events leading up to the alleged attack, as it’s common the people who undergo traumatic experiences only remember the most horrific details of the incident.
“She remembers a lot more about what happened than what I remember about what happened to me,” she said. “I also can’t remember whose house it was, I really can’t remember who else was there. I think my best friend was with me, but she says she doesn’t remember it because it was just a typical party.”
Powers later in the interview said that misconceptions about what people remember about traumatic events go far beyond Trump and are shared by millions of Americans.
“It is not just Donald Trump that is saying this,” she said. “This is a lot of people that I know personally and otherwise respect and I see them coming to the defense of Brett Kavanaugh and making this argument.”
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