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GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch says Christine Blasey Ford is 'attractive' and 'pleasing'

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) isn't quite sure if Christine Blasey Ford is credible. But she is an "attractive person," he told reporters Thursday.

Ford spent Thursday testifying to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh forcibly groped her and attempted to rape her while they were both in high school. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation and will testify to the committee later Thursday.

From the moment Ford stepped forward with her allegation, many Senate Republicans have tried to discredit her story. Hatch notably suggested last week that Ford could be "mixed up" about who assaulted her, and asserted there were "lots of reasons not to believe" her allegation.

But even after a noticeably emotional Ford recounted her story to senators — and said she was "100 percent" sure it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her — Hatch wasn't sure what to think. Reporters asked the senator during a lunch break if Ford was "credible," and here's how he responded:

When asked to explain what he meant by "attractive," Hatch said "she's pleasing," per CNN's Kaitlan Collins. But don't worry, Hatch definitely isn't trying to compliment Ford's looks. Read the dizzying explanation from the senator's communications director below. Kathryn Krawczyk