Harris tells Trump to 'stop being mean' to Ford

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisKamala Harris: Trump administration ‘targeting’ California for political purposes Gillibrand to appear on Fox News Monday night Harris on Smollett: 'I'm sad, frustrated, and disappointed' MORE (D-Calif.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff urges GOP colleagues to share private concerns about Trump publicly US-China trade talks draw criticism for lack of women in pictures Overnight Defense: Trump to leave 200 troops in Syria | Trump, Kim plan one-on-one meeting | Pentagon asks DHS to justify moving funds for border wall 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 CollinsOn The Money: Senate Dems to introduce resolution blocking Trump emergency declaration | Banks made billion in extra profits thanks to GOP tax law | IRS analyst charged with leaking Cohen's financial records Senate Dems to introduce resolution blocking Trump's emergency declaration The Hill's Morning Report - What to watch for as Mueller’s probe winds down MORE (Maine), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakePoll: 33% of Kentucky voters approve of McConnell Trump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union MORE (Ariz.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiSenate Dems to introduce resolution blocking Trump's emergency declaration GOP Sen. Collins says she'll back resolution to block Trump's emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times 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.