White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders defended Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday when CNN’s Jim Acosta asked if the Supreme Court justice nominee was a “victim” in the sexual assault allegations brought against him.
“He seemed to be, to the delight of the crowd there in Mississippi, mocking her repeatedly. Isn’t there something wrong with the president of the United States mocking somebody who says she was sexually assaulted,” Acosta said, referring to Trump’s comments at a recent campaign rally about the allegations levied by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and her inability to remember key details of the events.
“It seemed to me that he was stating facts that Dr. Ford herself has laid out in her testimony,” Sanders said. “Every single bit of evidence and facts that we’ve seen in this moment have supported Judge Kavanaugh’s case. And the president simply pointed out the facts of the matter and that is what the Senate will have to use to determine whether or not they vote to support him or not.”
Acosta sniped back, asking “Are you saying Judge Kavanaugh is the victim in all of this?”
Sanders got notably emotional in her response, saying forcefully:
“I think Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh are victims at the hands of the Democrats. I think it’s absolutely disgraceful what they’ve done and exploited this process … They are exploiting all the women that have come out to make any type of accusation. This isn’t the process that should have been done and certainly everybody deserves to be heard but that includes Judge Kavanaugh and that should be part of this process.”
Sanders sent one final barb to Acosta, saying “I don’t have any problem stating the facts, no. That’s something you probably have a problem with. I don’t.”