Key Republican senators condemn Trump for mocking Ford

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Three Republican senators who will be crucial to deciding whether Brett Kavanaugh reaches the Supreme Court criticized President Donald Trump on Wednesday after he mocked Christine Blasey Ford, who accused the judge of sexual assault.

Trump’s mockery of Ford at a campaign rally on Tuesday night intensified political pressure on senators Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine as they consider how they will vote on Kavanaugh.

During a campaign rally in Mississippi Tuesday night, Trump mocked her for not being able to answer some of the questions asked by senators.

Flake called Trump’s comments: “Appalling.”

“You can’t blame other people for what the president says. I thought it was obviously insensitive and appalling, frankly. It’s no time or place particularly to discuss something so sensitive, at a political rally. It was just wrong,” Flake said.

But Flake said Trump’s comments would not influence his vote.

Collins also condemned Trump’s comments, saying “they were just plain wrong.” Collins would not say if the remarks would affect her vote.

Murkowski said the president’s remarks were “wholly inappropriate” and says she is “taking everything into account.”

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