Fighting words

Trump lashes out at Gillibrand on Twitter after she calls for his resignation

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) leaves after a news conference December 6, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The lawmaker unveiled bipartisan legislation to help prevent sexual harassment. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sparred over Twitter Tuesday morning, a day after the New York Democrat formally called for the commander in chief to resign from office.

Trump responded to Gillibrand’s demand for his resignation using the type of language many have come to expect from the president. “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,” the president railed. “Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!” he concluded, making use of Twitter’s new expanded character limit to pack a host of ideas into his attack, including Gillibrand’s recent declaration that Bill Clinton should have resigned from office during his sex scandal in the late 1990s.

In less than an hour, Gillibrand fired back at Trump on Twitter, quoting his tweet and saying, “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.”

During an appearance on CNN Monday, Gillibrand told Christiane Amanpour that Trump should resign immediately over the accusations of sexual misconduct more than a dozen women have leveled at him prior to his election as president. Absent the president immediately resigning, which Trump made clear on Tuesday he had no plans to do, Gillibrand called on Congress to hold hearings and launch an investigation into Trump’s behavior. Also on Monday, three women who had spoken out about alleged sexual misconduct by Trump last year, prior to the election, renewed their accusations against Trump in an appearance on Megyn Kelly’s NBC show and at a press conference, where they also called for an investigation by Congress.

Earlier in the morning, Trump addressed those women as well on Twitter, dismissing their allegations as “fake news.”

Another Trump accuser, Melinda McGillivray, appearing on Megyn Kelly’s show Tuesday morning, reacted to Trump’s denial on Twitter.

“I don’t want to be called a liar. I am not a liar,” she said.

After Trump’s tweet about Gillibrand, several media figures highlighted the gendered language Trump used to attack the senator, including words like “flunky” and “disloyal” and the phrase “would do anything for.”

And Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts accused Trump of trying top “bully, intimidate and slut-shame” Gillibrand with the inflammatory tweet.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman also reported on Twitter that Gillibrand was attending a bipartisan Bible study group when the Trump tweet was launched. Haberman said aides pulled her aside to keep her apprised of what was happening.

Read the full story at The Hill.


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