WASHINGTON – White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, who has revealed she herself is a victim of sexual assault, defended President Donald Trump's mimicking of Christine Blasey Ford during a political rally in Mississippi Tuesday night.
Conway said Wednesday that Brett Kavanaugh's accuser "has been treated like a Faberge egg by all of us, beginning with me and the president."
Criticizing testimony Ford gave before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week accusing Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were both teenagers, Trump began imitating Ford by saying in a mimicking tone, "'I had one beer, that’s all I remember.'"
He later said of Ford: "'I don’t know' – over and over ... And a man’s life is in tatters."
At least three swing-vote Republican senators, Jeff Flake of Arizona, Susan Collins of Maine, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, criticized Trump's performance at the rally.
"I wish he hadn't done it and I just say it's kind of appalling," Flake said on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday morning.
Murkowski called Trump's comments “wholly inappropriate” and “unacceptable.” While Collins call them "just plain wrong."
Last week, Trump said he found Ford's testimony compelling, but in recent days he has been more critical.
At the White House on Wednesday, Conway accused reporters of distorting Trump's remarks, and said the president was pointing out "inconsistencies" and "memory gaps" in Ford's testimony.
Conway, who at times has appeared sympathetic to Ford's allegations, which Kavanaugh vehemently denies, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" she herself was a victim of sexual assault.
The revelation happened as Conway appeared to get emotional herself during the Sunday morning interview. "I feel very empathetic, frankly, for victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment and rape," Conway said. "I'm a victim of sexual assault."