"A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford", tweeted Michael Bromwich, a former high-ranking Department of Justice official who is now representing the professor. It's common for sexual assault victims to remember the attack in great detail, but experience other memory gaps. "He is a profile in cowardice", Bromwich said. Following Ford's testimony, Kavanaugh offered an irate rebuttal, which the White House called "spectacular". That's the only thing I remember, ' " Trump said of Ford, as he impersonated her on stage.
"How did you get home?" 'Where was the place?' I don't remember. I don't remember. How many years ago was it? "I don't know", he continued, as the audience from DeSoto County - a heavily conservative region - applauded. He concluded by lamenting that Kavanaugh's life was "shattered".
President Trump then took a veiled swipe at allegations leveled by Julie Swetnick, who accused Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge of being present at house parties while women were ganged raped in the 1980s. If no candidate earns more than 50 percent of the vote on November 6, the top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff on November 27.
Officials said Mr. Trump is seeking to boost Hyde-Smith as close as possible to the 50 percent threshold and lend momentum for a possible runoff.
"This is also a referendum about me and the disgusting gridlock they'll put this country through", Mr. Trump added of Democrats.
He called Democrats who are against Kavanaugh "evil people" who want to "destroy people".
Speaking for more than an hour, Trump touched on several of his favorite topics, including his new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, the crowd size at his events and the state of the economy.
In fact, North America already is a manufacturing powerhouse. Mexico ranks 11th and Canada 13th, according to United Nations numbers pulled together by the Brookings Institution.
He said he doesn't want to use the previous name, NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, which he contends cost American jobs and railed against during his 2016 presidential campaign.
"A vote against Kavanaugh is a "yes" vote for more of these despicable tactics being used time and time again in the future", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on the Senate floor Tuesday.