Kavanaugh himself has strenuously denied the allegations against him.
It also serves as a reminder that Trump, himself, faces a list of accusations, which he has denied. His reaction to Kavanaugh, therefore, is not happening in a vacuum, something he acknowledges.
“People want fame. They want money,” he added, alluding to what he thinks are the motivations of accusers.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, at least 13 women accused Trump of misbehavior ranging from sexual harassment and sexual assault. They came forward in the wake of a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape that was released in October 2016 in which he is caught saying on a hot mic: “And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab them by the p***y. You can do anything.”
The White House — through press secretary Sarah Sanders and others — has dismissed all the allegations against him as old news that had been litigated during the campaign.
The President has also voiced suspicion about the year-old #MeToo movement in private, complaining that allegations made decades later can ruin a man’s life, people familiar with those conversations say. He has questioned why women wait so long to come forward if they are telling the truth. On Tuesday, he expressed concern for men in this moment.
“It is a very scary time for young men in America, where you can be guilty of something you may not be guilty of,” Trump told reporters. “This is a very, very — this is a very difficult time. What’s happening here has much more to do than even the appointment of a Supreme Court justice.”
“How did you get home? I don’t remember. How’d 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,” Trump said at a campaign rally in Mississippi, mimicking Ford’s testimony last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Trump’s comments were met with laughter and applause from the crowd.
For context on his own experience, here’s a list of women who have made claims against Trump and their allegations, which the White House has denied:
“I was really freaked out,” the woman later told Burnett.
After that, Trump invited her into his office alone. He told the woman she was “special” and proceeded to give her his cell phone number.
“I ran the hell out of there,” the friend told Burnett.
CNN’s Dan Merica, Jeff Zeleny, Allie Malloy, Kate Sullivan, Jeremy Diamond, Daniella Diaz and Max Blau contributed to this report.