"We saw the way Senators completely mishandled the questioning of Anita Hill," said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), who was elected in 1992, which some dubbed, "The Year of the Woman" in Congress.
"First of all, I would like the FBI to conduct a proper vetting," said Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), as Hirono and other Democrats said a week wasn't long enough to investigate the allegations made by Ford against Kavanaugh.
"We're talking about an arbitrary and irrational deadline," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).
Even before the hearing was set for next week, President Trump publicly expressed his strong support for Kavanaugh, while not directly going after Ford.
"Judge Kavanaugh is one of the finest people I have ever known," the President said of his Supreme Court pick, as he chided Democrats for pushing ahead with the allegations just days before the Senate Judiciary Committee was to have voted on his nomination.
When one reporter asked the President if Judge Kavanaugh was going to withdraw, Mr. Trump gave it the back of his hand, saying Kavanaugh is still 'on track' to be on the Supreme Court.
"Next question. What a ridiculous question," the President said dismissively.
In a statement issued Monday by the White House, the Judge continued to dispute Ford's charges, as he labeled it a 'completely false allegation.'
"I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone," Kavanaugh said.
"The one thing I won't do is boil his life down to a high school event," said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who told reporters he would listen to both Ford and Kavanaugh next Monday.
"If it happened, it's a terrible thing," Graham said of the charge against Kavanaugh.
"But there's a process here that's a bit suspicious."