AP FACT CHECK: Trump on Kavanaugh accuser, drug prices, vets
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump misrepresented the testimony of his Supreme Court nominee’s chief accuser in a mocking turn on a rally stage over the past week as campaign politics and the pitched struggle over Brett Kavanaugh’s fate provided fertile ground for distortion.
A look at some of his rhetoric and how it compares with the facts:
TRUMP, as if recounting the questioning of Christine Blasey Ford at her Senate hearing: ‘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. I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.’ ‘What neighborhood was it in?’ “I don’t know.’ ‘Where’s the house’ ‘I don’t know.’ Upstairs, downstairs, where was it?’ ‘I don’t know. But I had one beer, that’s the only thing I remember.’ And a man’s life is in tatters. A man’s life is shattered. … They want to destroy people. These are really evil people.”
THE FACTS: He’s wrong to say Kavanaugh’s accuser could not recall whether the alleged sexual assault happened upstairs or downstairs or any level of detail regarding the likely location. She described in vivid detail being in a locked upstairs bedroom with Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge while others were downstairs at a small house party. Trump also falsely stated that she did not remember how many years ago this happened. She identified the summer of 1982, when she was 15.
It’s true she could not identify the house, or remember how she got there or home, but said it was within a “20 minute drive” between her house and a country club in the Bethesda, Maryland, area.
Researchers say it is common for people who have experienced a trauma to retain a searing memory of the event but not circumstances surrounding it.