WASHINGTON– President Donald Trump’s imitation of a woman who accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexual assault has drawn scorn from two senators who could make or break Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a potential swing vote who has already delayed the confirmation process by calling for an FBI investigation, described the president’s comments as “just not right.”
“There’s no time and no place for remarks like that,” Flake said during an appearance Wednesday morning on NBC’s “Today Show.”
“It’s kind of appalling.”
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Me.), a Republican who also has not committed to supporting Kavanaugh, told CNN Wednesday that the remarks were “just plain wrong.”
Lisa Murkowski, the third Republican senator to remain on-the-fence over the president’s nominee, has not yet publicly weighed in.
During a rally in Mississippi Tuesday evening, Trump mocked California-based professor Christine Blasey Ford for failing to recall certain details in her account of the alleged incident.
Here’s the video of Trump mocking Ford and her allegations in front of thousands of people, including an imitation of her testimony pic.twitter.com/zr9HYFS84y
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) October 3, 2018
Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her, put his hand over her mouth and tried to remove her clothing when they were both teenagers.
She acknowledged not being able to remember some specific details, but said that she is “100 percent” certain Kavanaugh was her attacker, attributing her confidence in his identity to trauma.
Kavanaugh has vehemently denied Ford’s allegation as well as claims of other sexually inappropriate behavior brought forward by two other women.
Trump’s depiction of Ford stands in stark contrast to what the president said the day after the professor testified.
“I thought her testimony was very compelling and she looks like a very fine woman to me,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office. “Certainly, she was a very credible witness. She was very good in many respects.”
Ford’s attorney Michael Bromwich criticized the president on Twitter Tuesday evening, calling his latest 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?” Bromwich said. “She is a remarkable profile in courage. He is a profile in cowardice.”
A vicious, vile and soulless attack on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Is it any wonder that she was terrified to come forward, and that other sexual assault survivors are as well? She is a remarkable profile in courage. He is a profile in cowardice. https://t.co/UJ0bGxV1EZ
— Michael R. Bromwich (@mrbromwich) October 3, 2018
While Kavanaugh’s confirmation has been stalled pending an FBI investigation into two of the women’s allegations, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the nominee is likely to face a final floor vote sometime this weekend.