In the past week, President Donald Trump has largely abstained from attacking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
But in a pair of tweets this morning, Trump defended Kavanaugh and insinuated that if the accusations were true, Ford and her family would have reported the assault to police when she was 15 years old:
Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and delay. Facts don’t matter. I go through this with them every single day in D.C.# p #3_15 # ad skipped = true #
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018# p #4_15 # ad skipped = true #
I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!# p #6_15 # ad skipped = true #
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018# p #7_15 # ad skipped = true #
As an MSNBC panel tried to process the president’s reaction in real time, host Stephanie Ruhle couldn’t wrap her head around how a US president could be that insensitive to teenager’s sexual assault. She observed that characterizing the president’s tweets as offensive, but “not going over the line” shows just how much our standards have shifted.
After the first tweet, Ruhle pointed out that “binders full of women”—Mitt Romney’s ill-advised plan to increase gender diversity—was once seen as a sexist gaffe.
“Right up to the line was binders full of women a few years ago,” Ruhle said. “Just get your head around that.”
After the second tweet, an even more flabbergasted Ruhle recalled that once upon a time, President Obama’s tan suit was deemed unpresidential.
“Just for one second. Again. I cannot believe that we’re categorizing the as ‘he’s going up to the line.’ Have things become so perverse that that hasn’t gone over the line? Remember the tan suit that got attacked?”