The same Gillibrand who protected and defended “former President Clinton when he was accused of sexual misconduct” is singing a different tune now that it comes to President Trump.
From The Hill:
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said Sunday she believes Congress should hold President Trump accountable for the numerous allegations of sexual misconduct leveled against him.
“I think he should resign, and if he’s unwilling to do that, which is what I assume, then Congress should hold him accountable. We’re obligated to have hearings,” Gillibrand said in an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
Gillibrand, who was among the first to call for former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign due to sexual misconduct allegations, was also one of several Democratic senators who late last year said Trump should resign due to sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced during the 2016 presidential campaign.
In a scathing condemnation of President Trump, the editorial board of USA TODAY articulates that there is no rock bottom to his lows:
With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office. Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday dismissed the president’s smear as a misunderstanding because he used similar language about men. Of course, words used about men and women are different. When candidate Trump said a journalist was bleeding from her “wherever,” he didn’t mean her nose.
And as is the case with all of Trump’s digital provocations, the president’s words were deliberate. He pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo moment.
A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack Obama Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush.
This isn’t about the policy differences we have with all presidents or our disappointment in some of their decisions. Obama and Bush both failed in many ways. They broke promises and told untruths, but the basic decency of each man was never in doubt.
Donald Trump, the man, on the other hand, is uniquely awful. His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed.
An ungentlemanly tweet, to say the least:
President Trump’s Twitter attack on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, which she called a “sexist smear,” is fueling Democratic calls for congressional hearings on the president’s own alleged past sexual misconduct, with some even joining the call for him to resign.
Democrats in the House and Senate said the tweet underscores the need for the president to be held to account at a time when harassment accusations are felling powerful men from Hollywood to Washington.
“He does a favor by drawing attention to this issue so I think it’s a boomerang back on the president,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. “It was intended to certainly harass her,” he said of the tweet, calling for hearings to enable every woman who has a story about Trump to “get a clear, full chance to share that with the American people.”
Gillibrand is among six Democratic senators who’ve called for Trump’s resignation after a week in which sexual harassment allegations forced the resignations of three lawmakers in both parties. The accusations are similar to those leveled against Trump by at least a dozen women during his 2016 campaign.
The New York lawmaker is the only senator Trump chose to attack on Twitter.
Gillibrand used to come “begging” for campaign contributions and “would do anything for them,” Trump said.