Ronald Reagan’s Daughter Patti Davis Supports Kavanaugh Accuser
In an op-ed, the author — who had a contentious relationship with her parents — defended Christine Blasey Ford
Patti Davis, an author and the daughter of former President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, came forward on Friday with an account of being sexually assaulted decades ago, in a move to defend Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh.
In an opinion piece published in The Washington Post, the late president’s daughter said she was at a well-known music executive’s office about 40 years ago when this individual forced himself on top of her “so quickly” that she froze.
She spared no details, either.
“I lay there,” she wrote, as the man proceeded to rape her.
“The leather couch stuck to my skin, made noises beneath me. His breath smelled like coffee and stale bread.”
Davis, 65, is a writer; her latest novel, “The Earth Breaks in Colors,” was published in 2015.
Reagan’s daughter often had a tense relationship with her parents.
In her 1992 autobiography, “The Way I See It,” she accused her mother of drug use.
“What I witnessed was a problem,” said the former first daughter in an interview. She did not call her mother an addict: “I’m not a doctor and that seems to me a medical evaluation.”
The Reagans said back then, “We have always loved all of our children, including our daughter Patti. We hope the day will come when she rejoins our family. Toward that end, we see no useful purpose for further comment.”
Her current opinion piece in The Post came just days after Ford, 51, identified herself as the woman who had accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers in high school.
Kavanaugh has unequivocally denied the allegation.
Among the questions from Ford’s critics: Why did she not report what happened immediately — and why can’t she recall certain details today, things such as the actual home where she claimed the assault occurred?
In her opinion piece, Davis attempted to give her own answers to those questions.
“I don’t remember what month it was,” she said of her experience in the executive’s office decades ago. “I don’t remember whether his assistant was still there when I arrived. I don’t remember whether we said anything to each other when I left his office.”
She added that memories can work differently during a traumatic event: “Your memory snaps photos of the details that will haunt you forever, that will change your life and live under your skin. It blacks out other parts of the story that really don’t matter much.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, suggested that Ford was “mistaken” or “mixed up” in her recollections.
Related: Ford Classmate Backtracks: ‘Had No Idea’ She’d Need ‘Specifics’ to ‘Defend’ Kavanaugh Assault Claim
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), called Ford’s accusations “a drive-by attack on the character of this judge,” referring to the charges against Kavanaugh as “false allegations.”
President Donald Trump on Friday also questioned Ford’s credibility, saying that if the attack “was as bad as she says,” it would have been reported to authorities.
A new hashtag, #WhyIDidntReport, took off on Twitter Friday night to encourage social media users to post their own reasons for staying quiet after abuse or assault.
“It doesn’t surprise me one bit that for more than 30 years, Christine Blasey Ford didn’t talk about the assault she remembers, the one she accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh of committing,” Davis wrote.
See Davis talk about what her father would have thought of the Trump presidency in the video below.