When Donald Trump tunes into the morning news, he can usually expect nothing but positivity from ‘Fox and Friends.’ This morning was a little bit different as the normally Trump supportive anchors of the show were critical of his rally last night.
Goaded by the Mississippi crowd, Trump took multiple shots at Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford. This is a departure from his previous strategy of taking a calm and reasoned approach to the allegations.
Host Brian Kilmeade did not hold back on his thoughts, “Last night he chose to blow it as the FBI is handing in the report as early as today. I wonder about the wisdom, as much as the crowd loved it, I wonder about the wisdom tactically of him doing that.”
While Trump’s Washington handlers have been able to keep him on message about the Kavanaugh case, he sometimes has difficulties staying on message when he gets in front of his supporters.
Trump used the podium to mock the claims of Dr. Blasey Ford, “But I had one beer, that’s the only thing I can remember.” This is a change from what he had to say about the accuser last week, “I thought her testimony was very compelling, and she looks like a very fine woman to me.”
Condemnation quickly came in from both sides of the aisle. Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke tweeted, “Dr. Ford…should be treated with dignity and respect – not demeaned and belittled by the President of the United States.”
Jeff Flake, who helped trigger the FBI investigation said that he found Trump’s comments on Dr. Blasey Ford to be appalling. “To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. It’s just not right. I wish he hadn’t done it.”
The FBI is close to finishing up their investigation and the Senate will vote soon after. It is too early to tell whether Trump’s comments will have an effect or not.