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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 SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBooker holds 'Get Out the Vote' event in South Carolina as presidential speculation builds The Democratic Donald Trump is coming Biden: Trump administration 'coddles autocrats and dictators' 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 TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US 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 GrahamThe Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump Trump changes tone on Saudi Arabia amid mounting pressure Trump rebukes Saudis, but also gives them more time MORE (R-S.C.) implied Monday that Democrats had engaged in "wholesale character assassination" against Kavanaugh, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump says GOP will support pre-existing condition protections | McConnell defends ObamaCare lawsuit | Dems raise new questions for HHS on child separations Poll finds Dems prioritize health care, GOP picks lower taxes when it's time to vote The Hill's 12:30 Report — Mnuchin won't attend Saudi conference | Pompeo advises giving Saudis 'few more days' to investigate | Trump threatens military action over caravan MORE (R-Ky.) called the allegations a "smear."