- Christine Blasey Ford is testifying about Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault.
- Her anxiety around flying came up during the hearing.
- Donald Trump Jr. called her fear into question on Twitter.
- “I’m no psychology professor but it does seem weird to me that someone could have a selective fear of flying,” he wrote. “Can’t do it to testify but for vacation, well it’s not a problem at all.”
- People are criticising the social media post – especially because Ford did fly across the county to testify.
After delivering a powerful opening statement about an alleged sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Christine Blasey Ford was questioned by senators on the committee and a career prosecutor enlisted by the Republican majority.
Ford, a research psychologist and professor at the University of Palo Alto, was, at one point, asked about her anxiety, specifically her fear of flying, by prosecutor Rachel Mitchell.
The psychology professor told Mitchell that she has anxiety around flying, but she was “able to get up the gumption” to fly across the country from California to Washington, DC, to testify on Thursday. Ford also said she has flown in the past for work trips, family visits, and vacations.
But Donald Trump Jr. took to Twitter, calling Ford’s anxiety into question.
“I’m no psychology professor but it does seem weird to me that someone could have a selective fear of flying,” he wrote. “Can’t do it to testify but for vacation, well it’s not a problem at all.”
I’m no psychology professor but it does seem weird to me that someone could have a selective fear of flying.
Can’t do it to testify but for vacation, well it’s not a problem at all.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 27, 2018
Many people said they knew Trump is not a psychology professor.
Totally agree. You're no psychology professor. https://t.co/Jbodvn590J
— Peter Smith (@Redpeter99) September 27, 2018
No, you're no psychology professor….. https://t.co/BPi1CjzsDD
— Crystal Chappell (@crystalchappell) September 27, 2018
Ford, on the other hand, is a psychology professor.
She…literally is a psychology professor. https://t.co/r8slaZXqhg
— Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) September 27, 2018
She's a literal psychology professor. https://t.co/45E0VRTC1L
— John ???? ???? PAX East (@mistermegative) September 27, 2018
Some think Trump’s tweet is a misguided attempt to dismantle Ford’s credibility.
Hey Jackass, If whether Dr Ford has a fear of flying or not is your defence to discredit her, then you are grasping at straws. She is a credible witness, and so say 98% of the responses I've read on twitter. https://t.co/diA1wacpvt
— Julie Pillay (@Julia3131) September 27, 2018
Right because going to Hawaii for vacation is the same as describing every detail of your assault in front of a panel of mostly men who don't care about the truth.@DonaldJTrumpJr there is trash in your blood. #KavanaughHearings https://t.co/RMqViQFk6Z
— kate (@katelauria) September 27, 2018
Others think he simply doesn’t understand how a fear of flying works.
MOST ????PEOPLE ????WHO???? FLY ????ARE???? AFRAID???? OF ????FLYING. It's 30 THOUSAND FEET to the ground if the plane malfunctions. https://t.co/ZEjE7XiUgZ
— Covfefe Jones, Click Clock, MFers???? (@King_Of_Shade) September 27, 2018
It's not unusual to have a phobia that comes out in certain contexts and not others. This attack is disgusting. https://t.co/do21q00ULp
— Erin Matson (@erintothemax) September 27, 2018
A number of people have pointed out that this is a moot point, as Ford did fly to testify.
but…she did fly to testify. you know she's testifying right now, right? https://t.co/rqRFQNnrqc
— Andrew Rose Gregory (@arosegregory) September 27, 2018
Except she *did* do it to testify… https://t.co/pgrMGcv2pw
— Julia LaSalvia (@juleslasaslvia) September 27, 2018
She flew to testify moron. https://t.co/dzn1eBIEs6
— Johnathan Ford (@FordJohnathan5) September 27, 2018
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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