Sarah Huckabee Sanders Defends Donald Trump Mocking an Alleged Victim of Sexual Assault

President Donald Trump's mocking of Christine Blasey Ford's testimony would not affect the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday.

During a press conference, Sanders was asked several times about Trump's apparent criticism of Ford's claim of sexual assault against Kavanaugh. Sanders repeatedly said the president was merely stating "facts".

"I don't think so," Sarah Sanders says, when asked if Trump is concerned that his comments on Christine Blasey Ford could hurt Kavanaugh's confirmation chances.

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"The president was stating the facts," Sarah Sanders says, of Trump mocking/questioning Christine Blasey Ford.

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"It seemed to be that she was stating facts. No one is looking at whether the accusations made are corroborated. The president simply pointed out the facts of the matter," Sanders said.

Several times throughout the press conference, Sanders also blasted Democrats over their handling of Kavanaugh's confirmation process. She was asked whether Ford or Kavanaugh were victims, and answered Democrats had victimized both.

"They are not opposed to Judge Kavanaugh's judicial views, they are trying to undercut the voice of the American people when they elected Donald Trump," Sanders said.

Sanders says Trump was "just stating facts" when he mocked Ford last night, inciting thousands of his supporters to boo her.

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Sanders also repeated the words used by Trump and Kavanaugh in claiming there had been a "smear campaign" against the federal judge. She called the entire process a "disgrace," that Democrats were "exploiting" Ford and should take "all the responsibility" in how Kavanaugh's confirmation had played out.

Even though he drew laughs and cheers from the Southaven, Mississippi, crowd, Trump was resoundingly blasted Wednesday for his mocking of Ford's claims. He appeared to question Ford being unable to name the time and place the alleged attack occurred, and he mimicked Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"'I had one beer!'" Trump said. "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!'"

The comments stood in firm contrast to Trump calling Ford "credible" after she testified.

The president's words drew a serious rebuke from several top Republicans, including those Trump needs in order to put Kavanaugh on the court. Senators Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski and Susan Collins all took umbrage with Trump's comments, but none offered any statement about how they intended to vote on Kavanaugh.

Flake described Trump's comments as "appalling," and Collins said the president was "just plain wrong."

Kavanaugh has flatly denied Ford's accusation but did tell the committee on Thursday that he believed Ford had been assaulted by someone else. Kavanaugh also said Democrats were intent on destroying him as revenge for Trump's 2016 victory and probes of Bill and Hillary Clinton.