Democrats, Flake denounce Trump for mocking Kavanaugh accuser Ford

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Democrats as well as key Republican Sen. Jeff Flakecriticized President Donald Trump Wednesday after he used a speech in Mississippi to repeatedly mock Christine Blasey Ford, who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers.

In an interview with NBC’s “Today,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who sided with his Democratic colleagues last week in seeking a one-week pause on the confirmation process of Kavanaugh to allow the FBI to investigate multiple claims of sexual misconduct, called Trump’s remarks the prior evening “appalling.”

“There’s no time and no place for remarks like that,” Flake said Wednesday. “To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right.”

“I wish he hadn’t done it,” added Flake, whose vote Senate Republicans would likely need to confirm Kavanaugh if all Democrats oppose the nomination.

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Democrats were outspoken about Trump’s remarks on Tuesday night, too.

Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, tweeted that Ford “deserves better.”

“Dr. Ford is a profile in courage,” Harris wrote after Trump spoke. “She knew what she was up against when she came forward but spoke out because she felt it was her civic duty. She deserves better.”

Sen. Mazie Hirono, also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CNN meanwhile, that Trump’s remarks were proof that “we can always count on the President to go down to the lowest common denominator.”

“Mock people, call people names, attack them,” she said. “This is what he does.”

Democratic candidates in closely watched races also slammed Trump for the comments.

Jacky Rosen, who is running against incumbent Republican Sen. Dean Heller in Nevada, tweeted that Ford “was courageous during her testimony. She’s been dignified throughout this process. She deserves our respect.”

“Instead, President Trump is attacking her, mocking her, and making jokes about her experience,” Rosen said.

Sexual assault awareness groups also weighed in.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) tweeted it has “a whole page of tips about how to react when someone tells you that they’ve been sexually assaulted.”

“Spoiler alert: mockery isn’t one of them,” the group said.