Senator Susan Collins called President Trump out for not being respectful to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were in high school.
During CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, host Dana Bash asked Collins about Trump’s public comments regarding Dr. Ford, and the Republican lawmaker from Maine said, “I felt that the president was not respectful to Dr. Ford.”
Collins added: “I have always been respectful toward her. I’m the one who pushed for a hearing where she could, once her identity was compromised, which was a terrible thing and not what she wanted. But once that happened, and she was willing to come forward, I said she should be given a hearing.”
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When Bash asked if the issue was Trump’s tone, Collins said, “It was his tone, but also, he’s not involved in the advice and consent a constitutional duty. So I believe he should have said nothing.”
Trump had been criticized for seeming to mock Dr. Ford during a rally in Mississippi.
NBC News described his “one-man reenactment of Ford’s appearance before the Judiciary Committee” as “extended ridicule.”
Despite the controversy, Trump’s pick clinched a seat on the Supreme Court Saturday, with a 50-48 Senate vote.
One of those supporters was Senator Collins who announced on Friday that she would vote in favor of him.
In her speech, she said she believed Dr. Ford was sexually assaulted but indicated there was not enough evidence to corroborate her claim against Kavanaugh.