After days of restraint, Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser

Refraining from drinking one of my only good traits: Donald Trump

President Donald Trump on Tuesday openly mocked the university professor who has accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault, joking about her inability to remember details surrounding the night of the alleged attack.

Cindy Hyde-Smith (R) in DeSoto County, Mississippi, Trump ran through a list of unanswered questions gleaned from the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who said Kavanaugh assaulted her in 1982.

Trump's comments on Tuesday were just the latest instance of the President expressing concern about the public outcry resulting from the allegations against Kavanaugh and the impact on other men.

The next day, the committee voted yes on the nomination along party lines under a "gentlemen's and -women's agreement" that the FBI would investigate. "I had one beer", said Trump, channeling his version of Blasey.

In Bob Woodward's "Fear: Trump in the White House", the author quotes Trump telling a friend about his strategy in cases involving sexual accusations: "You've got to deny, deny, deny and push back on these women". 'I don't remember.' How many years ago was it? 'I don't remember.' How did you get there? I don't remember. How many years ago was it? "And when I see what's going on right now, it's scary".

"It is a very scary time for young men in America when you could be guilty of something you may not be guilty of", Trump told reporters on the White House lawn before boarding Marine One.

"I can unequivocally say that in denying the possibility that he ever blacked out from drinking and in downplaying the degree and frequency of his drinking, Brett has not told the truth", Chad Ludington told reporters.

Asked if he had a message for young women, Trump said it's a "great time for women".

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Kavanaugh's truthfulness to Congress - including how he represented his alcohol consumption - is also under the scanner, with a former Yale classmate on Monday accusing the judge of misleading lawmakers when he said he never experienced blackouts.

Ford alleges that a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and placed his hand over her mouth to silence her when both were teenagers in Maryland in the early 1980s.

"My whole life, I've heard you're innocent until proven guilty".

Then, continuing in his own voice, he said: "And a man's life is in tatters". You know, I graduated from high school, and while I did not drink, I saw a lot of people drinking. 'I don't know. I don't know.

"Your vote in this election will decide which party controls the United States Senate", Trump said.

Judge's interview started but "has not been completed", his attorney said in a statement quoted by Fox News.

A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, said that as a college student he exposed himself to her during a party.

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