Citing the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct levelled against him that were reignited in the media yesterday, United States Democratic Senator from New York Kirsten Gillibrand called upon the President to resign.
His response was in the style we’ve come to associate with President Donald Trump. It was divisive, offensive and horrific to women.
It’s propelled Gillibrand into the public spotlight and – for a senator who has long been a favourite of the Democratic party as a candidate for the 2020 presidential race – it’s speculated it may have even inadvertently kickstarted her campaign.
For once, Trump’s abhorrent behaviour has worked against him. Maybe even backfired completely.
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It started with this from Gillibrand:
Which was met with this from Trump:
Please note the not-so-subtle slut-shaming in the way the president – yes, the president, how depressing – uses the words “begging” and then “would do anything for them”.
Has Trump not heard about the #MeToo movement? How it’s only in the dreams of dirty, powerful men that women are willing to do “anything” to succeed.
Trump’s remarks were met with this tweet fired back by Gillibrand:
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