Senator Angus KingAngus Stanley KingSenators fear Syria damage 'irreversible' after Esper, Milley briefing Overnight Defense: Dems grill Trump Army, Air Force picks | House chair subpoenas Trump Afghanistan negotiator | Trump officials release military aid to Ukraine Democrats grill Army, Air Force nominees on military funding for border wall MORE (I-Maine) on Wednesday addressed President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE's attacks against Christine Blasey Ford during a rally Tuesday night, saying that the president's remarks "made me feel sort of sick."

In an appearance on CNN, King said he took issue with Trump mocking Ford at a rally in Mississippi.

Ford testified last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, saying that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her while the two were in high school in the 1980s.

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"How did you get home?" Trump said. "'I don't remember.' How'd 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.'"

"What neighborhood was it in?" he continued, as the crowd cheered and clapped. "'I don't know.' Where's the house?' 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? 'I don't know, but I had one beer. That's the only thing I remember.'"

The comments were a significant departure from initial Trump comments on Ford's testimony, where he called her very credible. Reportedly, his aides were impressed with how he handled the situation.

King, who caucuses with Democrats, pointed to that shift, saying that "to turn her testimony into a political rally punchline ... I think 'appalling' is an appropriate term."

He also said that Trump "mischaracterized" her recollection of the events when she said she "vividly remembered" the assault. 

King also said that he thinks that the president's comments make it more difficult for the Kavanaugh swing voters — Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTrump's GOP impeachment firewall holds strong How to survive an impeachment Are Senate Republicans certain that Trump can return to office? MORE (R-Ariz.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes Senate fails to override Trump veto over emergency declaration MORE (R-Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes MORE (R-Maine) — to vote "yes" for confirmation.