Jeff Flake Rips Donald Trump's 'Appalling' Mocking of Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony Against Brett Kavanaugh

Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona condemned President Donald Trump's mocking of Christine Blasey Ford's testimony against Brett Kavanaugh at a rally Tuesday night, calling it "appalling."

Flake, standing beside Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, told NBC's Today show that Trump's comments were uncalled for and that he wished the president had not uttered them.

"There's no time and no place for comments like that," Flake said. "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."

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Trump re-enacted Ford's testimony Tuesday at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi, suggesting that Ford's claims were not credible since she had not been able to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday the exact time and place where Kavanaugh had allegedly sexually assaulted her.

"'I had one beer!'" Trump said, imitating 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!'"

Kavanaugh has repeatedly denied Ford's accusations.

Trump's comments drew laughs from the Southaven crowd but widespread rebuke elsewhere. During the rally, which was held to support Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith, Trump blasted the attacks and allegations against Kavanaugh, claiming the federal judge's life was "in tatters" because of the Democrats.

Flake had never been one to hold back on criticizingTrump—with the president offering equal barbs in return—but the Arizona lawmaker could be key to the president's hopes of confirming Kavanaugh before the midterm elections next month.

Flake said at an event Monday that Trump's challenges to President Barak Obama's birthplace, as well as his attacks on the late Senator John McCain and Mexicans should have disqualified him from ever becoming president. Since Flake announced he would not run for re-election in the fall, he has stepped up his criticism of Trump and called for more order in Congress and the White House.

Flake, along with fellow Republican Senators Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins, as well as Democrat Joe Manchin, each represent what could be the decisive vote to secure Kavanaugh's confirmation.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would hold Kavanaugh's confirmation vote by the end of this week, even as an FBI investigation, requested last Friday, continued. The FBI has already interviewed an apparent witness to Kavanaugh's alleged attack, friend Mark Judge, as well as former Yale classmate Deborah Ramirez, who has also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

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Senator Jeff Flake, a Republican from Arizona, participates in a discussion during the 2018 Atlantic Festival on October 2 in Washington, D.C. His vote could determine whether Judge Brett Kavanaugh takes a seat on the Supreme Court, or not. Getty Images/Alex Wong