President Donald Trump attacked Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Twitter Tuesday morning, using sexually suggestive language to demean her — but Gillibrand wasn’t having it.
Gillibrand became the fifth lawmaker to call on Trump to resign over the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct against him from at least 19 women. Trump has referred to the charges as “fake news.” Clearly frustrated by Gillibrand’s remarks on the matter, Trump — who donated to her campaign in 2010 — fired back with a sexually suggestive tweet.
“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump,” Trump tweeted. “Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”
In the tweet, which revealed much about the way Trump views women, Trump appears to insinuate the donations Gillibrand received came with sexual strings attached and allowed him to bully the New York Senator. But Gillibrand wasn’t about to cede all that power to Trump.
Instead, Gillibrand made reference to the numerous allegations against Trump that make him unfit to hold the office of President, noting that his verbal attacks would not keep women from speaking out.
“You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office,” the New York Senator tweeted.
You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office. https://t.co/UbQZqubXZv
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 12, 2017
A number of lawmakers and members of the media on Twitter voiced their support for Gillibrand as well.
“I stand with Sen. Gillibrand, a dedicated public servant and friend,” Connecticut Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal tweeted. “America must reject Trump’s sexist slurs.”
I stand with Sen. Gillibrand, a dedicated public servant and friend. America must reject Trump’s sexist slurs.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) December 12, 2017
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) December 12, 2017
Any other American would be fired from their job for such sexist behavior toward women.
— Rep. Dan Kildee (@RepDanKildee) December 12, 2017
Gillibrand aide says she was attending bipartisan bible study group when Trump tweeted, she had to be pulled out by aides to hear what was happening https://t.co/3XCYfSzJNw
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) December 12, 2017