Two Republican senators have condemned President Donald Trump’s mocking of Christine Blasey Ford, whose allegation that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers has stalled the Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation process.
Sen. Susan Collins of Maine called the president’s comments at a rally on Tuesday night in Mississippi “just plain wrong.” And Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who forced an FBI investigation into the allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge, said in an interview on the “Today” show that mocking “something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right.”
“I wish he hadn’t had done it,” Flake added. “I just say it’s kind of appalling.”
During the rally, Trump derisively imitated Ford, delivering a series of questions and answers mocking the California professor’s Senate testimony last week as the crowd laughed and cheered.
“Thirty-six years ago this happened. I had one beer, right? I had one beer,” Trump said. “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 … But I only had one beer — that’s the only thing I remember.”
Flake and Collins have said they won’t make a final decision on Kavanaugh’s confirmation until the FBI completes its investigation into the allegations. One other Republican senator, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, and two Democrats, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, have also not announced whether they’ll vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
On Tuesday evening, one of Ford’s attorneys, Michael Bromwich, called the president’s comments “a vicious, vile and soulless attack.”
“Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well?” he tweeted. “She is a remarkable profile in courage. He is a profile in cowardice.”
Trump on Friday described Ford as a “credible witness” and a “very fine woman.”
“I thought her testimony was very compelling, and she looks like a very fine woman to me, very fine woman,” Trump said.