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Ellen DeGeneres rarely talks about President Trump or controversial political issues on her eponymous daytime talk show, but in an interview with Today‘s Savannah Guthrie that aired on the NBC morning show on Friday, she spoke about Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Brett Kavanaugh.
“As a victim of sexual abuse, I am furious at people who don’t believe it and who say, ‘How do you not remember exactly what day it was?,'” she said. “You don’t remember those things. What you remember is what happened to you and where you were and how you feel.”
“I was 15 years old,” she told Guthrie. “I’m not even gonna go into the details. It doesn’t matter. You know, we are really vulnerable at that age and we trust and then when you are violated, you don’t know what to do and you don’t want to say anything because, first of all, you just are wondering how did this happen, how was I this stupid? I mean, all these things that you think you could have controlled and you can’t. I think anybody who has gone through it, right now, is watching this so angry because you know, ‘How dare you not believe us?'”
DeGeneres added that she hopes the current public interest surrounding Ford’s testimony will have a positive impact on society.
“Imagine if Dr. Ford would’ve been that angry on the stand and would’ve talked back to somebody questioning her,” she said in reference to Kavanaugh’s emotionally charged testimony. “Women aren’t supposed to do that, but he can get away with it because he was angry. She was angry too but she controlled herself and was hurt, but she’s not allowed to do that because we’re not allowed to do that.”
“I’m hopeful, but then I see things that just continue to happen,” she continued and used Trump’s recent mocking of Ford as an example. “I don’t like to talk about him. This is not political. It really isn’t – it’s got nothing to do with being Republican or Democrat or anything. It’s just about respect and someone who is the leader of our country, who is mocking someone who was abused,” she said. “You don’t do that. You don’t mock somebody. I’m angry.”
The interview concluded with DeGeneres stating that she hopes her show empowers women. “We just have to not be quiet anymore,” she said.
Watch the full interview below.
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