- Ellen DeGeneres recently opened up to “Today” cohost Savannah Guthrie about her experience with sexual abuse.
- When asked how she has been affected by Christine Blasey Ford‘s testimony on Brett Kavanaugh, DeGeneres said she is “furious at people who don’t believe it.”
- “What you remember is what happened to you and where you were and how you feel,” she said. “I think anybody who has gone through it, right now is watching this so angry.”
During the interview, which will air in full on Friday, Guthrie asked DeGeneres how she feels “this moment” has impacted her – presumably referring to the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
“Well as a victim of sexual abuse, I am furious at people who don’t believe it – and who say, ‘How do you not remember exactly what day it was?'” DeGeneres said. “You know, you don’t remember those things. What you remember is what happened to you and where you were and how you feel.”
“I think anybody who has gone through it, right now is watching this so angry because … how dare you not believe us?”
“What you remember is what happened to you, where you were, and how you feel. That's what you remember.”@TheEllenShow talks to @SavannahGuthrie about Dr. Ford’s testimony and her own experience. Tune in tomorrow for full interview. pic.twitter.com/6F6CGQb8LG
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) October 4, 2018
Sceptics have criticised Ford for not remembering certain details about the night she said the assault took place. Most notably,President Donald Trump mocked the psychology professor during a campaign rally in Mississippi on Tuesday.
He launched into a mock Q&A from the podium: “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.”
The audience laughed and applauded as Trump echoed his earlier lamentations about the toll the accusations from Ford and others had taken on Kavanaugh – and what he believes is the new risk “young men in America” face in the #MeToo era.
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.
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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