In an unexpected twist, Brian Kilmead of Fox & Friends criticized Trump for mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday, saying he blew it.
Host Kilmead said, “The tactic of the president laying low has been lauded by all sides. Last night he chose to blow it.”
Speaking to a cheering crowd at the Mississippi rally, Trump mocked Dr. Ford’s Senate Committee testimony by saying:
“I had one beer. Well, do you think it was — nope, it was one beer.”
“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.”
Kilmeade questioned the strategic “wisdom” of Trump’s choice to attack Ford saying, “I wonder about the wisdom, as much as the crowd loved it. I wonder about the wisdom tactically of him doing that.”
The criticism is only surprising because Fox & Friends is one of Trump’s favorite programs, and they know he’s a loyal viewer.
Other defenders of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have spoken out against Trump’s attack on Dr. Ford. Conservative Linda Chavez said Trump’s choice to mock Dr. Ford has actually hurt Brett Kavanaugh’s chances of getting confirmed
CNN’s Alisyn Camerota asked Chavez what she thought of Trump’s behavior at the rally and Chavez said that Trump’s behavior was “disgusting.”
“I think Kavanaugh’s chances of being confirmed are lower today than yesterday as a result of President Trump,” Chavez said. “I think there’s really an audience of three that the president has to convince — that is, the three senators who are wavering, and they are going to decide whether or not the nomination is moving forward or not. I think the president’s tone last night was disgusting.”
Chavez said she believes Trump’s attack on Ford was more about rallying his base so they vote in the November midterm election.
“This is the tribal politics we have seen for the last year and a half,” Chavez said. “This is president Trump trying to invigorate his base and he is hoping he will rile people up so they will come out and vote in November.”
even brian kilmeade doesn't think trump should have mocked dr. ford last night (though don't give him too much credit; kilmeade's concern is "tactical") pic.twitter.com/oxs6RmmLBx
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) October 3, 2018