- Ellen DeGeneres addressed the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in a conversation with “Today” cohost Savannah Guthrie.
- DeGeneres forcefully condemned President Donald Trump for mocking his Supreme Court nominee’s accuser,Christine Blasey Ford, at a recent political rally.
- “This is not political,” DeGeneres said. “It’s just about respect, and someone who is the leader of our country who is mocking someone who was abused – you don’t do that.”
- DeGeneres said she herself was sexually abused at age 15.
Ellen DeGeneres recently opened up to “Today” cohost Savannah Guthrie about her experience with sexual abuse – and forcefully condemned those who disbelieve or mock fellow victims.
The two women discussed the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school.
“Imagine if Dr. Ford would have been that angry on the stand and would have talked back to somebody questioning her. Women are not supposed to do that, but [Kavanaugh] can get away with it because he was angry,” DeGeneres said.
“She was angry too but she controlled herself – and was hurt, but she’s not allowed to do that, because [women] are not allowed to do that,” DeGeneres said.
DeGeneres also spoke about being sexually abused at age 15.
“We are really vulnerable at that age and we trust – and then when you are violated you don’t know what to do and you don’t want to say anything because, first of all, you just are wondering, ‘How did this happen? How was I this stupid?'” she said.
Ford’s credibility has been questioned because she waited over 30 years to come forward with her allegation. Other sceptics, including President Donald Trump, have criticised her for not remembering certain details about the night she said the assault took place.
During a campaign rally in Mississippi on Tuesday, Trump mocked Ford’s testimony: “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.”
DeGeneres said moments like this make her feel less hopeful about the progress of women’s rights.
“I don’t like to talk about him,” DeGeneres said. “This is not political. It really isn’t – it’s got nothing to do with being Republican or Democrat or anything. It’s just about respect, and someone who is the leader of our country who is mocking someone who was abused – you don’t do that. You don’t mock somebody.”
DeGeneres paused for a moment to collect herself, adding: “I’m angry.”
Trump has been broadly criticised for mocking Ford. His critics include Democratic and key Republican senators whose votes will be crucial to confirming Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.
With a 51-49 hold on the Senate, Republicans can only afford to lose one vote in Kavanaugh’s final confirmation tally, which is set for Saturday afternoon.
If you are a victim of sexual assault, you can visit RAINN or call its hotline at 1-800-656-4673 to receive confidential support from a trained staff member.
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