A day after New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand called for Trump to resign and that Congress should investigate the “multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against him,” Trump sent a suggestive tweet that she would come to his office “begging” for campaign contributions “and would do anything” to get them.
“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. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”
The tweet prompted an instant backlash from Trump’s critics who denounced it as sexist and degrading.
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Jackie Speier called Trump’s tweet about Gillibrand “grotesque.”
“It took my breath away and it represents the conduct of a person who is ill-equipped to be the president of the United States,” said the Democrat congresswoman from California. As Speier spoke at a press conference, at her side, Rep. Lois Frankel, who is chairwoman of the Democratic Women’s Working Group, chimed in: “We’ll all say ‘Amen’ to that!” The lawmakers were gathered to demand an ethics investigation by Congress into more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct by Trump.
And on Twitter, actress Alyssa Milano wrote that Trump’s tweet about the U.S. senator from New York “is a form of sexual misconduct.”
“The below tweet is gender bullying. It is a form of sexual misconduct. WOMEN EVERYWHERE! You should tell him what you think. Flood his replies with your thoughts. We will not be silenced.
Patti Solis Doyle, a former Hillary Clinton campaign official, wrote that Trump’s tweet made a “vile, disgusting implication” about Gillibrand.
Solis Doyle tweeted: “‘And would do anything for them’. What does that mean, @realDonaldTrump?! You, a man, accused by more than a dozen credible women of assault and harassment, has the audacity make this vile, disgusting implication. SHAME!”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren also called out Trump for potentially trying to “slut-shame” her colleague.
And Gillibrand fired back to Trump, replying directly to him: “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.”
Gillibrand later told reporters that “It was a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice, and I will not be silenced on this issue; neither will the women who stood up to the president yesterday.”
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Trump’s degrading tweet comes a day after some of the 19 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct spoke up —on national TV and in a press conference—calling for a congressional investigation into his “serial misconduct and perversion.”
Trump has repeatedly denied all allegations against him.