U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley broke with President Trump on Sunday, saying that no one should “blame” or “second guess” Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault during a high school party in the early 1980s. Ford told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clothes and covered her mouth when she protested.
“Accusers go through a lot of trauma. Some handle it one way and some handle it another way. Regardless, It’s not something we want to do to blame the accuser or try and second-guess the accuser. We don’t know the situation she was going through 35 years ago. We don’t know the circumstances,” Haley said in response to a question from CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper, who asked about Trump’s tweet attacking Ford’s credibility.
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) September 23, 2018
Trump tweeted Friday that if the sexual misconduct allegation against Ford was “as bad as she says,” then “charges would have been immediately filed.”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2018
Ford is expected to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.
Haley said Sunday that Ford “deserves the right to be heard.”
“At the same time, I think the accused deserves to be heard,” Haley said of Kavanaugh. “I think that’s going to happen, which is great. The Senate has a huge responsibility here. They have to make sure it’s fair. They have to make sure it’s responsible. And they have to take the politics out.”