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Republicans deplore Trump mocking Brett Kavanaugh accuser

October 3, 2018 4:07 pm

US President Donald Trump is facing criticism from fellow Republicans after he mocked a woman who says she was assaulted by his Supreme Court nominee.

Senators Jeff Flake and Susan Collins, both key votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh, called Mr Trump’s remarks “appalling” and “just plain wrong”.

At a rally, Mr Trump poked fun at Christine Blasey Ford for not recalling key details of the alleged assault.

Last week the Republican president called her a “very credible witness”.

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If approved, Judge Kavanaugh, 53, would be expected to tilt the ideological balance of the Supreme Court in favour of conservatives.

Its nine justices are appointed for life and have the final say on some of the most contentious issues in US public life, from abortion, to gun control, to voting laws.

Mr Flake – who helped spur the FBI investigation into Judge Kavanaugh – told NBC’s Today show: "There’s no time and no place for remarks like that.

“To discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. It’s just not right. I wish he hadn’t had done it.”