Yesterday, I posted an expanded version of “Stop Disparaging Professors. They Work for a Better America” on medium.com. I added, in particular, mentions of a number of professors in the public sphere, including Christine Blasey Ford. I wrote:
This unfortunate blindness to the reality of faculty activities is particularly relevant right now when a professor at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Christine Blasey Ford, has become the focus of so much attention as a result of what she feels was the ethical necessity of making public her memories of a sexual attack by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. She speaks for all faculty when she says that all she wants to do is be “helpful.”
Then, just last night, President Trump did exactly what I am asking people not to do. He mocked Blasey Ford:
“I had one beer. Well, do you think it was — nope, it was one beer,” Trump said, mimicking Ford’s testimony last week to the Senate Judiciary Committee.“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. How many years ago was it? I don’t know.”Trump’s comments were met with laughter and applause from the crowd.