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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Trump slammed for lawless obstruction of Congress: ‘He’s taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution’
On CNN Saturday, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY), who voted for the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, discussed the path forward for impeaching President Donald Trump.
"We know moderate Democrats are a bit frustrated with leadership over potentially expanding the scope of their consideration, maybe the Mueller report findings and drawing up these articles of impeachment," said anchor Victor Blackwell. "Do you think it's a mistake not to include anything beyond the Ukraine matter?"
"Yes," said Holtzman. "I think it would be a mistake, although, you know, I'm still at a distance, and the members of the committee really have to, who have been digging into this deeply have the best feel, but my sense is that the, what the president did is so egregious, not just with regard to Ukraine, but what part of what's bad about his activities in Ukraine, is that he's taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution by saying that Congress has no right to get information, and he's cut off his committee, his administration from, and ordered and directed them not to cooperate with the committee in any way."
Giuliani pummeled by ex-press secretary for ‘returning to the scene of the crime’ to create Ukraine chaos
On CNN Saturday, Rudy Giuliani's former mayoral press secretary Ken Frydman harshly criticized his former boss for his ongoing efforts in the Ukraine scheme.
"As you've watched the former mayor over the last several years, have you identified a point at which things shifted for the man who I guess still is for some known at America's Mayor?" asked anchor Victor Blackwell."
"Well, yeah. I think when he went into business with Donald Trump," said Frydman. "You saw a — a severe change in his personality. He had a zealous need to make money, to be relevant. To be part of the political process. And you know right now he's making, I think, ill-advised decisions, like returning to the scene of the crime, Ukraine, to make a propagandist documentary. Almost as if he's playing, he and the president, are playing, 'catch me if you can.' The president will not participate in the impeachment hearings, and Rudy is off in the Ukraine doubling down."
‘I haven’t had a personal cell phone for years’: Trump demands retraction from CNN — in tweet sent from his iPhone
On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump had spoken to Rudy Giuliani over unsecured phone lines.
If he was using an unsecured phone to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine, Trump would effectively be allowing the Russians to listen in.
CNN confirmed the unsecured phone use, reporting "President Donald Trump has continued to use his personal cell phone to make calls, despite repeated warnings from his staff that the practice could leave him vulnerable to foreign surveillance, multiple officials told CNN."