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

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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersAndrew Cuomo: Biden has best chance at 'main goal' of beating Trump Poll: Buttigieg tops Harris, O'Rourke as momentum builds Buttigieg responds to accusation of pushing a 'hate hoax' about Pence 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 TrumpRussia's election interference is a problem for the GOP Pence to pitch trade deal during trip to Michigan: report Iran oil minister: US made 'bad mistake' in ending sanctions waivers 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 GrahamIf you don't think illegal immigrants are voting for president, think again Graham challenges Dems to walk the walk on impeachment Hillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars MORE (R-S.C.) implied Monday that Democrats had engaged in "wholesale character assassination" against Kavanaugh, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Dem candidates sell policy as smart politics Overnight Defense: Trump ends sanctions waivers for buying Iranian oil | At least four Americans killed in Sri Lanka attacks | Sanders pushes for Yemen veto override vote McConnell: 'Time to move on' from Trump impeachment talk MORE (R-Ky.) called the allegations a "smear."