Donald Trump Just Angered the 3 Republican Senators Who Will Likely Decide Brett Kavanaugh's Fate

The three key Republican senators who are likely to decide whether Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to the Supreme Court each derided President Donald Trump Wednesday for his mocking of Christine Blasey Ford's testimony about an alleged sexual assault she said was perpetrated by Kavanaugh in the early 1980s.

Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski and Jeff Flake have yet to state whether they would vote to confirm Kavanaugh but each offered a firm rebuke of Trump's comments at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi, Tuesday evening. If the potential final vote falls along party lines, Republicans will need the support of at least two of those three senators in order to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy's seat prior to the midterm elections next month.

Flake, who has been a strong critic of Trump despite sharing a political party with the president, described Trump's blasting of Ford's testimony as "appalling" and unnecessary.

"There's no time and no place for comments like that," Flake told NBC's Today. "And to discuss something this sensitive at a political rally is just not right. I wish he hadn't done it. It's kind of appalling."

Collins, who pressed Kavanaugh on abortion rights when they met in August and has been pro-choice, offered a similar opinion of Trump's derision of Ford.

"The president's comments were just plain wrong," Collins told reporters, but did not take further questions.

.@SenatorCollins on Trump mocking Dr. Christine Blasey Ford: "The president's comments were just plain wrong."

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Murkowski, too, offered her opinion and described Trump's words as "inappropriate." Last year, Murkowski wound up siding with Trump in his attempt to repeal Obamacare.

"The president's comments yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate and, in my view, unacceptable," Murkowski said.

Slight tweak after listening to the tape. Murkowski: “The president’s comments yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate and, in my view, unacceptable.”

— Nicholas Fandos (@npfandos) October 3, 2018

Other senators, even those who have been firm defenders of the president, like Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, have suggested Trump was out of line.

The president specifically took umbrage with Ford claiming she could not answer where the alleged assault took place or exactly how she got back home after the attack.

"'I had one beer!'" Trump said as if he was Ford. "How did you get home? 'I don't remember.' How did you get there? 'I don't remember.' Where is the place? 'I don't remember.' How many years ago was it? 'I don't know. I don't know. I don't know!'"

Experts have said that such gaps in memory for victims of sexual assault is far from unusual.

Along with Collins, Flake and Murkowski, Democratic senators Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota remained potential swing votes. Heitkamp and Manchin are both running for re-election in states that Trump won handily in 2016.

Flake announced almost a year ago that he would not seek another term, and said Sunday that he would not have called for the FBI to further investigate Ford's claims if he had been running for re-election.

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Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) (L) and Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) share an elevator as they head for the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol on October 2, in Washington, D.C. Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla