Trump mocks Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford at campaign rally

The true test for Flake would come once the full Senate votes on the Kavanaugh nomination in the coming days, Walsh said.

"A vote against Kavanaugh is a "yes" vote for more of these despicable tactics being used time and time again in the future", said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on the Senate floor Tuesday. How did you get home?

"What neighbourhood was it in?" "Where's the house? I don't know". I know, because, especially in our first two years of college, I often drank with him.

Concerns: Murkowski has been closely guarded about her opinions on Kavanaugh, but as one of the few Republican senators who supports abortion rights, how the judge might rule on abortion access and the future of the Affordable Care Act have been key issues for her.

"That's the only thing I remember", Trump, who was himself accused during the 2016 presidential race of sexual misconduct with numerous women, said in his imitation of Ford's testimony. In the statement, a man who says he is Ford's former boyfriend says he saw Ford, a psychology professor, coach a friend on how to be less nervous during a polygraph examination.

Mr Flake said on U.S. television: "There's no time and no place for remarks like that, that discuss something this sensitive at a political rally".

"I wish he hadn't done it". Susan Collins said they were "just plain wrong", and Alaska Sen. Many see her as the most likely Republican to flip and vote against Kavanaugh.

Ford's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, called Trump's attack Tuesday "vicious, vile and soulless".

That didn't stop White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders from trying on Wednesday.

Conway did not respond directly when pressed about Trump mocking and imitating Ford during a Tuesday night campaign rally in front of thousands of supporters.

He said he thought the judge "is doing very well right now". Trump told the crowd they should do an online search for "Patrick Leahy slash drink".

A vote to confirm Mr Kavanaugh has been delayed as the FBI investigates the claims, which he denies.

Christine Blasey Ford during a campaign rally in MS, just days after calling her a "very credible witness".

Another: When Trump complained on Twitter this summer about "many years of USA foolishness and stupidity, " Kilmeade made an issue of it on the show.

Whether that report will make its way into the public's hands is unclear. They plan a Senate vote on him later this week.

In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Trump did not back away from his rally comments, instead attacking Kavanaugh's Democratic critics.

Senator Susan Collins of ME, another closely-watched Republican vote, also rebuked Trump for going after Ford, telling reporters on Capitol Hill: "The president's comments were just plain wrong".

"The president was stating the facts" about the gaps in Ford's recollection of the alleged incident, Sanders said.

The message from Mr Trump and his allies looks to channel the frustration and anxieties of the party's core voters - white men - just weeks before an election.

Some lawmakers say they worry the political fight over Kavanaugh's nomination is melding with the broader #MeToo movement in a way that could politicize the discussion of assault in general. Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell, who questioned Prof Ford during testimony, said she had told a polygrapher it happened in the early 80s, then crossed out the word "early".

  • Kyle Peterson