Senator Angus KingAngus Stanley KingNew intel chief inherits host of challenges Senators ask for committee vote on 'red flag' bills after shootings Top Democrat: 'Disqualifying' if Trump intel pick padded his résumé MORE (I-Maine) on Wednesday addressed President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? 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.


"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 FlakeArpaio considering running for former sheriff job after Trump pardon Overnight Energy: Warren edges past Sanders in poll of climate-focused voters | Carbon tax shows new signs of life | Greens fuming at Trump plans for development at Bears Ears monument Carbon tax shows new signs of life in Congress MORE (R-Ariz.), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's Morning Report - Progressives, centrists clash in lively Democratic debate Senate braces for brawl over Trump's spy chief Congress kicks bipartisan energy innovation into higher gear MORE (R-Alaska) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCook Political Report moves Susan Collins Senate race to 'toss up' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy Trump crosses new line with Omar, Tlaib, Israel move MORE (R-Maine) — to vote "yes" for confirmation.