Senator Jeff Flake: Trump’s Mockery of Christine Ford Was ‘Appalling’


Sen. Jeff Flake criticized President Donald Trump for mocking Christine Blasey Ford at his rally on Tuesday night, in an appearance on the Today show alongside Sen. Chris Coons.

“There’s no time and no place for comments like that,” the Arizona Republican said. “And to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally, is just not right. I wish he hadn’t have done it. It’s kind of appalling.”

At a rally on Wednesday night, Trump made fun of Ford’s foggy memory of the night she claims Brett Kavanaugh attacked her 36 years ago at a party in high school.

“I had one beer!” Trump said, impersonating Ford. “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!”

The mockery, which drew laughter and applause from his rally crowd, was Trump’s most direct attack on Ford since she went public with her allegations. Just last week, Trump showed some surprising restraint responding to her testimony, calling it “compelling” and Ford “credible.”

Today host Savannah Guthrie also asked the senators about reports that the weeklong FBI investigation — called for by Flake and Coons to look into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh — might be finished as early as tomorrow. Guthrie asked Coons if he thought that was rushed, and the senator said an early finish to the investigation “would concern me.”

Flake added that the FBI didn’t need to speak to Ford herself, given she gave the Senate Judiciary Committee testimony, but that he hoped they could follow up on all leads.

Watch above, via NBC.

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