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Murkowski: Trump mockery of Ford 'unacceptable'

GOP Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump looms large over GOP donor retreat in Florida Top GOP super PAC endorses Murkowski amid primary threat Biden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start MORE (Alaska) said on Wednesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE's comments on Christine Blasey Ford were "wholly inappropriate," becoming the latest swing-vote senator to distance herself from his mockery of the first woman to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

“I am taking everything into account. I think the president’s comments yesterday mocking Dr. Ford were wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable," Murkowski told reporters, asked how Trump's comments would impact her vote. 

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Trump had knocked Ford and defended Kavanaugh, his Supreme Court nominee, 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.' "

Murkowski is the third GOP senator viewed as a potential swing vote to break with the president after the rally. The comments come as Republican leadership hopes to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination by the end of the week. 

GOP Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden assails 'epidemic' of gun violence amid SC, Texas shootings Biden-GOP infrastructure talks off to rocky start Moderate GOP senators and Biden clash at start of infrastructure debate MORE (Maine) called Trump’s comments "plain wrong,” and Republican Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFive reasons why US faces chronic crisis at border Senate GOP faces retirement brain drain Former GOP lawmaker: Republican Party 'engulfed in lies and fear' MORE (Ariz.) told NBC’s “Today” that the president's comments were “kind of appalling.”

The three GOP senators have the power to decide if Kavanaugh gets confirmed. Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, and he remains short of the simple majority needed to be seated on the Supreme Court. 

Republicans can only afford to lose one GOP senator before they need to lean on Democrats to help confirm Kavanaugh. 

Flake has said that, absent new information the FBI, he expects to vote "yes." Collins and Murkowski have not tilted their hand on how they will vote but are under extreme pressure from both sides. 

No Democrats have said they will support Kavanaugh, though Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinClose the avenues of foreign meddling Democrats see political winner in tax fight MSNBC's Joy Reid pans Manchin, Sinema as the 'no progress caucus' MORE (D-W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampBill Maher blasts removal of journalist at Teen Vogue Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives Harrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment MORE (D-N.D.) remain undecided.