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 is considered a possible swing vote in the Senate, though she has voiced support for Kavanaugh and called out Ford for trying to delay testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Kavanaugh has denied her allegations.
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