Harris tells Trump to 'stop being mean' to Ford

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads crowded field of Dems in potential 2020 matchup: poll Kamala Harris to campaign in Iowa for first time Harris accuses GOP of ‘weaponizing’ 2020 Census MORE (D-Calif.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE on Wednesday over his lack of "empathy" for Christine Blasey Ford after the president took aim at the Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault accuser in a mocking impression during a campaign rally Tuesday night.

Speaking at The Atlantic's annual festival in Washington, D.C., Harris attacked the president's "mean" impression of Ford, in which he mocked her inability to remember some details about the decades-old alleged incident.


"What would you have said to President Trump about his mocking of that very memory at his campaign rally in Mississippi?" the interviewer asks Harris in a video captured by ABC News.

"Stop being mean," Harris responded.

Harris reminded the audience of one point in Ford's testimony last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, of which Harris is a member, in which Ford recounted the "laughter" of Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, after she escaped their attack and locked herself in a bathroom.

"It was a very poignant and moving moment, and she said, 'I remember their laughter,'" Harris continued.

"And so now we have, last night the president of the United States at a rally urging a crowd to laugh at her. I can't think of anything more — inappropriate is not descriptive enough. It's mean," she added. "I'm embarrassed that the president of the United States would do that to this woman."

Trump was criticized Wednesday by reporters and lawmakers over his mockery of Ford, including by three key GOP senators, Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Kavanaugh debate was destructive tribalism on steroids: Here’s how we can stop it from happening again Conservative group launches ad campaign thanking Collins after Kavanaugh vote Democrats must end mob rule MORE (Maine), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake: Congress should not continue Kavanaugh investigations Arizona congressional candidate robbed outside restaurant The Kavanaugh debate was destructive tribalism on steroids: Here’s how we can stop it from happening again MORE (Ariz.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiMurkowski not worried about a Palin challenge Flake on Kavanaugh confirmation: To see GOP 'spiking the ball in the end zone' doesn't seem right GOP fractured over filling Supreme Court vacancies in 2020 MORE (Alaska), who are considered possible swing votes on Kavanaugh's nomination.

“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 on Wednesday.

“The president’s comments were just plain wrong,” Collins added in her own comments on Capitol Hill.

GOP senators said Wednesday that they expect the FBI to provide its report on a reopened background check into Kavanaugh later in the day, setting up a vote on his confirmation on Friday or Saturday.