Collins: Trump’s comments on Ford are ‘plain wrong’

Collins: Trump’s comments on Ford are ‘plain wrong’
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GOP Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsPoll shows Collins displaces McConnell as most unpopular senator Collins says she's 'likely' to support calling witnesses for impeachment trial Democratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment MORE (Maine) on Wednesday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE’s comments on Christine Blasey Ford were “plain wrong,” making her the second swing-vote senator to denounce the president's rhetoric.

“The president’s comments were just plain wrong,” Collins told reporters who were camped outside of an unrelated Senate Aging Committee hearing, which Collins oversees.

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Trump appeared to mock Ford, the first woman to publicly accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, during a rally in Mississippi on Tuesday night.

"'How did you get home?'" Trump said, imitating Ford. "'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.'"

Collins is the second undecided Republican senator to criticize Trump’s remarks. Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeGOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials The 5 most vulnerable senators in 2020 Poll: Democrat Mark Kelly leads incumbent McSally in Arizona Senate race MORE (Ariz.) told NBC’s “Today” that the president's comments were “kind of appalling.”

Kavanaugh remains short of the simple majority needed for him to ultimately be confirmed in the Senate, and Republicans are worried female voters will turn against GOP candidates in the November midterm elections.

Republicans hold a 51-49 majority, meaning they cannot afford to lose more than one GOP senator without needing help from Democrats to confirm Kavanaugh.

Collins, Flake and Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiPaul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump Seven things to know about the Trump trial Trump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer MORE (R-Alaska) are viewed as the Republican swing votes. No Democrats have said they will support Kavanaugh, though Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer Poll: West Virginia voters would view Manchin negatively if he votes to convict Trump Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week MORE (D-W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampSusan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA The Hill's Morning Report — Biden steadies in third debate as top tier remains the same MORE (D-N.D.) remain undecided.

The Senate is expected to move forward with Kavanaugh's nomination this week upon conclusion of an FBI investigation stemming from the sexual assault allegations against him.