Sen. Susan Collins said she is “appalled” by a tweet from President Donald Trump disparaging the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
The Maine Republican called the statement from the President “inappropriate and wrong.”
“I was appalled by the President’s tweet,” Collins said Friday, according to audio obtained by CNN of an event where she spoke with local reporters.
The senator, who is a crucial swing vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, was responding to a question on what she thought of a tweet from the President suggesting that Christine Blasey Ford should have come forward with her allegation against Kavanaugh earlier.
“We know that allegations of sexual assault – I’m not saying that’s what happened in this case – but we know that allegations of sexual assault are one of the most unreported crimes that exist, so I thought that the President’s tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong,” Collins said.
On Friday, Trump escalated his criticism of Ford, who has alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party in the early 1980s when they were in high school. Kavanaugh has categorically denied the allegations.