Sanders: Kavanaugh accusers 'have risked their lives to come forward'

Sanders: Kavanaugh accusers 'have risked their lives to come forward'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal Gabbard says she won't participate in next debate even if she qualifies Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments MORE (I-Vt.) condemned Republicans and the White House for their treatment of the two women who have accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

"Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez have risked their lives to come forward and tell their stories," Sanders wrote in a tweet on Monday.

"Republican Senators, their staff and the Trump administration must stop disparaging these brave women and treat them with respect," he added.

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Sanders joined other Democrats in calling for a delay in Kavanaugh's confirmation process until "a full and fair investigation" into the allegations can be completed.

Kavanaugh's nomination has been upended in recent weeks after Ford and Ramirez accused him of sexual misconduct.

Ford claimed that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed groped her and attempted to remover her clothes during a high school party in the 1980s, then covered her mouth when she tried to scream.

Ford, who will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, has said she's received death threats and been forced to leave her home since she went public.

Ramirez told The New Yorker in a story published Sunday that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her and thrust his genitals in her face at a party during his freshman year at Yale.

Kavanaugh, whose family has also received threatening messages, has adamantly denied the accusations and vowed he will not withdraw.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence MORE, while initially restrained, has in recent days lashed out at the accusers and questioned their credibility. He has questioned why both women waited decades to come forward and on Tuesday suggested Ramirez lacked credibility because she was admittedly intoxicated during the alleged incident. 

Republican senators have echoed Trump's more aggressive rhetoric in recent days. Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: FBI investigation in 2016 turned into a 'criminal conspiracy' This week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch Senate braces for brawl on Trump impeachment rules MORE (R-S.C.) implied Monday that Democrats had engaged in "wholesale character assassination" against Kavanaugh, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence Overnight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments GOP senators worry Trump made 'problematic' concessions in trade deal MORE (R-Ky.) called the allegations a "smear."