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 CollinsMore Republicans should support crisis aid for the Postal Service GOP senators voice confidence over uphill Senate battle Republicans considering an outdoor stadium for Florida convention: report MORE (Maine) on Wednesday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpDavis: Supreme Court decision is bad news for Trump, good news for Vance Meadows trying to root out suspected White House leakers by feeding them info: Axios Pressley hits DeVos over reopening schools: 'I wouldn't trust you to care for a house plant let alone my child' 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 FlakeCheney clashes with Trump Sessions-Tuberville Senate runoff heats up in Alabama GOP lawmakers stick to Trump amid new criticism 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 MurkowskiSixth GOP senator unlikely to attend Republican convention Koch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs another T stimulus, urges governors to reopen schools MORE (R-Alaska) are viewed as the Republican swing votes. No Democrats have said they will support Kavanaugh, though Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinKoch-backed group urges Senate to oppose 'bailouts' of states in new ads George Floyd and the upcoming Texas Democratic Senate runoff Energy companies cancel Atlantic Coast Pipeline MORE (D-W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn Heitkamp70 former senators propose bipartisan caucus for incumbents Susan Collins set to play pivotal role in impeachment drama Pro-trade group launches media buy as Trump and Democrats near deal on new NAFTA 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.