U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday appeared on NBC’s Today show and hit back at President Donald Trump’s inflammatory tweet about her, and renewed her call for him to resign from office.
“I think this is a moment in time unlike any other with the ‘Me Too’ movement,” Gillibrand told NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. “Women are feeling the ability to tell what happened to them, some of the worst moments they’ve lived, and tell it publicly and that is powerful and it is affecting everything and people are looking for justice … whether it’s in Hollywood, corporate America or Congress.”
The Democrat from New York added, “If you put that in the context of multiple accusers who have accused him of sexual assault and sexual harassment, that are credible, you need accountability and I think what people do want is accountability and he should resign.”
When asked about Trump’s tweet in response to her initial call for him to step down, in which, among other things, he said, the senator “would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them),” Gillibrand responded that it was a “sexist smear.”
Trump received widespread condemnation over the language he used in the tweet, particularly the phrase “would do anything for them,” which many said implied that she would trade sex for campaign funds. Gillibrand confirmed that she and many others read the tweet that way and said, “It was certainly just a sexist smear intended to silence me. And I’m not going to be silenced on this issue.
The White House sharply pushed back on the idea that the phrase amounted to sexual innuendo. At a press briefing on Tuesday, Sarah Sanders insisted to reporters that the language was not sexual in nature “unless your mind is in the gutter.”
Gillibrand also echoed her earlier statement that if Trump doesn’t resign, Congress should open an investigation into the accusations against him, an idea that’s gaining momentum among Democrats. On Tuesday, more than 100 House Democrats signed a letter calling for a probe to be launched. However, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, though critical of the president’s language, stopped short of calling for his resignation or and investigation.
Below, watch Gillibrand’s full interview on the Today show.
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