President Donald Trump defended a widely condemned speech he delivered earlier this month at a rally in Mississippi, in which he mocked the sexual assault testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of attempting to rape her in the early 1980s.
During an interview with “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday night, Trump credited his controversial speech, which he referred to as the “famous Mississippi speech,” with bringing about Kavanaugh’s confirmation as a Supreme Court justice.
“I didn’t really make fun of her,” Mr. Trump told correspondent Lesley Stahl, “I said the person that we’re talking about didn’t know the year, the time, the place.”
“I was just saying she didn’t seem to know anything. And you’re trying to destroy a life of a man who has been extraordinary,” he added.
Ultimately, Trump said he was “not going to get into it.”
“It doesn’t matter. We won,” he said dismissively.
At the rally, held in Southaven, Mississippi, Trump alternated between mimicking the questioner and his impression of Dr. Ford. “How did you get home? ‘I don’t remember,'” Mr. Trump said, to cheers and laughs from the crowd. “How did you get there? ‘I don’t remember.’ Where is the place? ‘I don’t remember.’ How many years ago was it? ‘I don’t know.'”
Imitating Ford, Mr. Trump added, “But I had one beer — that’s the only thing I remember.” Mr. Trump continued, “a man’s life is shattered,” referencing Kavanaugh, and “these are really evil people.”
Trump told “60 Minutes” that Kavanaugh would not have been confirmed if not for his speech.
“Had I not made that speech,” Mr. Trump said, “we would not have won.”