President Donald Trump mocks Christine Blasey Ford at a rally in Mississippi, casting doubt on her testimony about her alleged sexual assault.
Swing Republican Senators Condemn Trump’s Mockery of Kavanaugh Accuser
Three influential Republicans, who together could decide the fate of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, condemned on Wednesday comments by President Trump that mocked one of the women who has accused his nominee of sexual assault.
The president’s mockery of Christine Blasey Ford at a Mississippi campaign rally on Tuesday injected still more uncertainty into the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh.
Senator Lisa Murkowski, Republican of Alaska, told reporters: “I am taking everything into account. The president’s comments yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable.”
On NBC’s “Today,” Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, said, “There is no time and no place for remarks like that, but to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right.”
Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, told reporters in the Capitol the remarks were “just plain wrong.”
Those swift rebukes, and others from liberal Democrats trying to sink Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, reflected the strained atmosphere that has settled over Capitol Hill as the Senate lurches toward a final vote on Judge Kavanaugh that could alter the course of the Supreme Court.
Neither Mr. Flake nor Ms. Collins indicated that the comments would affect their final votes on Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation, which could come as soon as late this week. Instead, the senators have said they are waiting for the results of a supplemental background investigation by the F.B.I. into sexual misconduct claims — findings that could reach Capitol Hill by Wednesday afternoon.
Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, joined the condemnations when he took to Twitter to “plead with all” to stop attacks and “destruction of” Dr. Blasey.