At a rally in Mississippi, President Trump mocked Kavanaugh accuser Blasey Ford as his audience guffawed and applauded.
“I had one beer, that’s all I remember,” Trump said, imitating Blasey Ford.
Playing the part of both Blasey Ford and those questioning her, Trump continued: “How did you get home? I don’t remember. How did you get there? I don’t remember. Where is the place? I don’t remember. How many years ago was it? I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know.”
“I don’t know – over and over,” he raged, referring to her testimony at the confirmation hearings. “And a man’s life is in tatters.”
President Trump mocked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a campaign rally Tuesday night, imitating her sexual assault testimony while supporters cheered pic.twitter.com/6emYLmwdme
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Flake says Trump’s comments were “kind of appalling”
But the footage did not sit well with Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who told NBC’s Today that ridiculing “something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right”.
“I wish he hadn’t done it,” Flake continued. “It’s kind of appalling.”
Maine Senator Susan Collin, also a Republican, also told reporters Trump’s comments “were just plain wrong”. She would not be drawn on whether the President’s actions at the rally would affect her vote on Kavanaugh.
Lisa Murkowski, a Senator from Alaska, described the President’s comments as “unacceptable” and “wholly inappropriate”.
Independent Senator Angus King added his voice to those condemning Trump, saying the comments “made me feel sort of sick”.
Even outspoken Kavanaugh supporter Lindsey Graham thought the comments went too far. “I do not like what the President said last night,” he told reporters.
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Fallout from Trump’s comments
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied that Trump had mocked Ford. Instead, she claimed he was simply “stating the facts” and said Kavanaugh was at the centre of a Democratic plot to derail the nomination.
“No one is looking at whether the accusations made are corroborated. Every single bit of evidence and facts that we have seen in this moment have supported Judge Kavanaugh’s case,” she said.
Trump’s comments at the Mississippi rally marked a shift from his previous reluctance to attack Blasey Ford. He had, however, been vociferously supporting Kavanaugh and making more general comments about sexual assault allegations. He told CNN: “It is a very scary time for young men in America.”
“It’s a very scary situation where you’re guilty until proven innocent,” he continued.
Meanwhile, Professor Blasey Ford’s lawyers say the FBI has still not interviewed her as part of its investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.
The FBI is scheduled to wrap up its investigation by Friday local time. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell remains determined for the Senate to vote on confirming Kavanaugh by the end of this week.
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