MSNBC host Chris Matthews compared the current state of affairs in the U.S. to Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, saying voters have been “gagged basically."
During a panel Tuesday evening on his show, "Hardball," Matthews also called for a "primordial” "scream" against President Trump in midterm elections in November.
"Donna, I want to ask you about women because you're here," Matthews began, speaking to former Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards. "And I keep thinking, well, Stormy Davis, whatever you think of her, she was bought off for $165,000 and Susan McDougal was bought off for $150,000 — for their silence."
Matthews botched the names of porn star Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal — two women who have alleged they had extramarital affairs with Trump. Matthews also got the hush money payment to Daniels wrong: She received $130,000 from Trump’s ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
"And then you had the woman, Dr. Blasey Ford," Matthews continued, "and not to be too crude, but the fact is she said she had somebody's hand over her mouth so she couldn't call for help and that person she said was Brett Kavanaugh," Matthews said. "And there's never been a good argument that wasn't Brett Kavanaugh. She was the witness, nobody is denying it. OK. Except him, because he says he can't remember it."
Matthews then used a detail included in Ford's allegation against Kavanaugh as a metaphor to discuss ginning up votes.
"It seems that would be a strong primordial argument for a scream this November. It's time to say something when you've been gagged basically," he said.
In reply, Edwards said, "I think that's what women are feeling across the country," before she predicted a strong showing for Democrats in historically red areas.
Ford, a professor who lives in California, was the first woman to come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault during his confirmation process. She said Kavanaugh held her down on a bed, covered her mouth with his hand, and forcibly tried to remove her clothing at a high school party in the summer of 1982, when she was 15 and he was 17.
Kavanaugh denied the accusation, and following an FBI supplemental background investigation, the Senate voted to confirmed him in a close 50-48 vote over the weekend.
Following a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the White House on Monday, Matthews said Trump "already ripped the scab off" Kavanaugh's attempt to "heal the wounds" of a contentious confirmation process.