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 CollinsOvernight Health Care: CDC pushes for expanding HIV testing, treatment | Dem group launches ads attacking Trump on Medicare, Medicaid cuts | Hospitals, insurers spar over surprise bills | O'Rourke under pressure from left on Medicare for all Dem group launches ads attacking Trump's 'hypocrisy on Medicare and Medicaid cuts' Juan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump MORE (Maine) on Wednesday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem lawmaker says Electoral College was 'conceived' as way to perpetuate slavery Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals to visit White House on Monday Transportation Dept requests formal audit of Boeing 737 Max certification 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 FlakeTrump keeps tight grip on GOP McSally to back Trump on emergency declaration Flake: Biden 'strikes fear in a lot of Republicans' 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 MurkowskiJuan Williams: Don't rule out impeaching Trump The 25 Republicans who defied Trump on emergency declaration Overnight Defense: Senate rejects border emergency in rebuke to Trump | Acting Pentagon chief grilled on wall funding | Warren confronts chief over war fund budget MORE (R-Alaska) are viewed as the Republican swing votes. No Democrats have said they will support Kavanaugh, though Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin says he won't support LGBTQ protection bill as written Senators offer bipartisan bill to fix 'retail glitch' in GOP tax law Murkowski, Manchin call for 'responsible solutions' to climate change MORE (D-W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampAnnual scorecard ranks GOP environmental efforts far below Dems in 2018 Overnight Energy: Trump taps ex-oil lobbyist Bernhardt to lead Interior | Bernhardt slams Obama officials for agency's ethics issues | Head of major green group steps down Trump picks ex-oil lobbyist David Bernhardt for Interior secretary 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.