Harris tells Trump to 'stop being mean' to Ford

Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisHarris announces support for White House-backed criminal justice bill Cory Booker addresses speculation about his sexuality: 'I'm heterosexual' Biden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll MORE (D-Calif.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpReturn hope to the Middle East by returning to the Iran Deal Government shutdowns tend to increase government spending 'Full Frontal' gives six-bedroom house to group that works with detained immigrants 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 Hill's Morning Report — No deal in sight as shutdown looms Bipartisan senators doubt ruling striking down ObamaCare GOP's Collins: Judge's ruling striking down ObamaCare 'will be overturned' MORE (Maine), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCorker dodges on Trump primary question The Hill's 12:30 Report – Cohen says Trump knew payments were wrong | GOP in turmoil over Trump shutdown threat | Kyl to resign from Senate at year's end Overnight Defense: Senate bucks Trump with Yemen war vote, resolution calling crown prince 'responsible' for Khashoggi killing | House briefing on Saudi Arabia fails to move needle | Inhofe casts doubt on Space Force MORE (Ariz.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiWhen is a deal not a deal? When there’s a wildlife refuge to be exploited House funding bill scraps Arctic icebreaker program Senate advances Trump energy pick after Manchin flips 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.