Amal Clooney criticizes President Trump for mocking Christine Blasey Ford's testimony against Brett Kavanaugh
Amal Clooney, a human rights lawyer, served as a keynote speaker for the 2018 Pennsylvania Conference for Women.
Amal Clooney did not attend Princess Eugenie's wedding on Friday as she was one of the keynote speakers at the 2018 Pennsylvania Conference for Women on the same day. During her keynote speech in front of the Senate judicial committee, the 40-year-old human rights lawyer slammed President Trump for mocking Christine Blasey Ford‘s testimony against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Ford alleged, just days before Kavanaugh's confirmation as Supreme Court Justice, that he sexually abused her when they were teenagers - a claim that the judge denied outright, People reports.
According to Philadelphia Magazine, Clooney said during the conference: “A president shouldn’t ridicule a woman who courageously comes forward to allege abuse." Trump sarcastically joked about Ford's testimony against Kavanaugh earlier this month at a rally in Mississippi amid clamors and cheers from a high spirited crowd.
“How did you get home? ‘I don’t remember.’ How did 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. I don’t know. I don’t know, '" Trump had said of Ford's testimony, brazenly mocking her. “Survivors in any country deserve the chance to look their abusers in the eye and for history to record what has happened to them,” Clooney continued, Daily Mail reports.
Amal stressed the importance of the #MeToo movement during her speech. “We are living through a moment of reckoning and a rebalancing of power,” she said, describing the movement as “a defining moment in the struggle for women’s rights. There is still much for us to do. Still, I am optimistic."
In 2016, Clooney criticized the US commander-in-chief arguing that his public beliefs did not represent true “U.S. values.” Speaking to the BBC, she said, “I’m probably as perplexed as you are as somebody viewing these things. There’s an ad on the TV in the U.S. where they went through all these statements he made against women, and you watch that and you think ‘Gosh.’”
She also rebuked Trump for his "views on Muslims," considering her own parents follow Islam. “When you listen to what the leading candidate on the Republican side has been saying about building walls, about excluding Mexicans and a complete shutdown of all Muslims entering in, and if you actually look at what he specifically said in that now infamous speech about Muslims, he kept saying, ‘They only want jihad. They don’t believe in our way of life. They don’t respect our system.’ And when he says ‘they’ and you watch the media coverage afterward, people, I think, should have been saying ‘Do you mean the 1.5 billion people around the world who fit that description? Do you mean the people who are U.S. citizens who are members of your military who are, the vast majority of whom are not violent or extremists in any way?'"