Harris tells Trump to 'stop being mean' to Ford

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisBiden leads 2020 pack in congressional endorsements Harris on 2020 endorsement: 'I am not thinking about it right now' Panel: Is Kamala Harris a hypocrite for mulling a Joe Biden endorsement? MORE (D-Calif.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense 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 Collins Meadows: Bolton manuscript leaked 'to manipulate' senators over witness vote Trump team doubles down despite Bolton bombshell Progressive group targeting vulnerable GOP senators on impeachment witnesses MORE (Maine), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeThe Hill's 12:30 Report: House managers to begin opening arguments on day two Flake: Republicans don't speak out against Trump 'because they want to keep their jobs' GOP senator calls CNN reporter a 'liberal hack' when asked about Parnas materials MORE (Ariz.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiTrump team doubles down despite Bolton bombshell Bolton upends Trump impeachment trial  Meadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions 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.