President Trump mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony against Supreme Court nominee Brett Ka
Sen. Jeff Flake on Wednesday called out President Donald Trump for mocking Christine Blasey Ford, saying that behavior was “kind of appalling.”
Trump, during a rally Tuesday night, criticized Ford, who testified last week about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both teenagers.
At one point during the rally, Trump mocked Ford’s testimony.
“I had one beer, that’s all I remember,” Trump said, pretending to be Ford.
“I don’t know – over and over,” he said, framing Ford’s testimony. “And a man’s life is in tatters.”
Flake, speaking on the “Today” show, said discussing sexual assault allegations at a rally was “just not right.”
“I wish he hadn’t done it and I just say it’s kind of appalling,” the Arizona Republican said.
Last week, Flake voted to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination, but called for the reopening of the investigation into the judge’s background. The senator, who is retiring after this year, said the judge’s nomination would be “over” if the FBI found that Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Two other Republican senators who are also undecided on Kavanaugh, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also blasted Trump’s comments Wednesday.
“The president’s comments were just plain wrong,” Collins told reporters. She did not answer a question about whether Trump’s speech would affect her vote.
For her part, Murkowski called the president’s comments “wholly inappropriate” and “unacceptable.”
Trump made it clear in a tweet Wednesday that he did not regret his remarks. He said that when he goes to campaign rallies “voters are really angry at the vicious and despicable way Democrats are treating Brett Kavanaugh.”
I see it each time I go out to Rallies in order to help some of our great Republican candidates. VOTERS ARE REALLY ANGRY AT THE VICIOUS AND DESPICABLE WAY DEMOCRATS ARE TREATING BRETT KAVANAUGH! He and his wonderful family deserve much better.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 3, 2018
Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway defended how Trump and his aides have spoken about Ford.
“She’s been treated like a Faberge egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president,” Conway told reporters Wednesday.
She did not answer questions about why Trump chose to imitate Ford.
Contributing: Erin Kelly, David Jackson
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