The nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be a Supreme Court Justice was favorably reported by the Senate Judiciary Committee last Friday and is now pending before the full Senate, which is awaiting the completion of a supplemental background check investigation by the FBI before it votes on whether to confirm Kavanaugh.
Before the crowd Tuesday night in Southaven, Mississippi, President Trump imitated Ford during her testimony, mocking her for not knowing the answers to questions such as how she had gotten to the high school party where she says Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.
But Trump spent much of the rally lamenting the treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats, whose attacks, he said, had taken their toll on the judge's family. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, to attorneys for Ford.
"A man's life is shattered", he said of Kavanaugh after making fun of Ford's testimony.
"The harsh fact of the matter is that we have mounting evidence that Judge Kavanaugh is just not credible", Schumer said Monday.
"There's no time and no place for remarks like that".
"It does us no good to have an investigation that just gives us more cover", Flake said. Trump denied all the allegations, calling the women "horrible, terrible liars".
"How did you get there?" he said, reverting to interrogator.
The audience laughed as the president said: "Thirty-six years ago this happened: I had one beer!"
"I renew my request for notes from therapy sessions in which Dr. Ford discussed the alleged assault by Judge Kavanaugh", Grassley wrote. Kavanaugh denies the allegations. "Think of your husband", while claiming he has had "many false allegations" against him.
"We've always recovered. We always have enough really honest, decent, honorable people to make these things work", Hatch said.
Democrats are also questioning Kavanaugh's honesty, particularly over statements he made about his drinking in high school and college. He lashed out at senators who asked if he had ever blacked out.
Indeed, one of the notable exchanges between Kavanaugh and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., "Have you?"
A handful of senators are undecided on Kavanaugh. Scrutiny has been building this week on Kavanaugh, not only because of the accusations, but because of his testimony at that hearing.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., blamed Democrats for politicizing Kavanaugh's confirmation process and passionately defended Trump's nominee at the confirmation hearing last week. Now they are criticizing him for getting mad.
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the "far left" is trying to "bully" Kavanaugh with a "mudslide" of sexual misconduct allegations. But the rally's start was slightly delayed until just after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a statement pushing back on the report and suggesting that the newspaper should apologize for its reporting.
"With all of that you can not say that we've done anything but be respectful, and I do". But he also said Senate Republicans are determining the parameters of the investigation and "ultimately, they're making the judgment".
Trump's criticism of Ford seems to reflect the sentiments of some of his conservative supporters. "I don't know", Trump said, flailing his arms around to mock her as he has some of his political foes or journalists during similar events in the past.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT, who sits on the Judiciary Committee and is a frequent Trump critic, slammed Trump for the remark. I don't remember. How many years ago was it?