Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine said Friday she was “appalled” by President Trump’s tweet belittling the woman who accused his Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her.
“First of all, we know that allegations of sexual assault — I’m not saying that’s what happened in this case — but we know allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist. So I thought that the president’s tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong,” she said.
Trump on Friday mentioned Christine Blasey Ford — who said that a drunken Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school drinking party in 1982 — for the first time since her allegations surfaced last week.
“I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed with local Law Enforcement Authorities by either her or her loving parents. I ask that she bring those filings forward so that we can learn date, time, and place!” the 72-year-old commander-in-chief tweeted.
Collins, along with Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski and Arizona’s Jeff Flake, are seen as possible defectors.
But Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told evangelical leaders at Friday’s annual Values Voters Summit in Washington that the confirmation was in the bag.
“You’ve watched the fight, you’ve watched the tactics. But here’s what I want to tell you. In the very near future, Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court,” McConnell told the gathering of Christian leaders, who pushed him to fight harder for the nominee.
“So, my friends, keep the faith. Don’t get rattled by all this. We’re going to plow right through it and do our job,” he said.
Meanwhile, a group of 75 women convened at a Washington hotel to voice their support for Kavanaugh, with Sarah Fagen, who said she is a longtime friend, calling the sexual-assault allegation “inconsistent with every single thing we know about him.”