President Donald Trump’s remarks at a Mississippi rally Tuesday night mocking Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh "made me feel sort of sick," Sen. Angus King told CNN’s "New Day” on Wednesday.
King, an independent from Maine who caucuses with Democrats, said that "to turn her powerful testimony into a political rally punchline. . . I think 'appalling' is an appropriate adjective."
King said that not only did Trump mock Blasey Ford, but he also "mischaracterized" her recollection of the events, as the president failed to point out that she did "vividly remember" many of the painful details of the assault.
The senator said he doesn’t understand why Trump felt he had to use this tactic, especially since he had avoided it up until now. King insisted that the president’s remarks are an attempt to divide the country and does not contribute at all to the pursuit of facts.
King also said that Trump’s comments make it more difficult for the three key Republican senators needed to obtain the confirmation – Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins – to vote in favor of Kavanaugh.
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