Kirsten Gillibrand says she will not be silenced, accuses Donald Trump of ‘sexist smear’

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said Wednesday that President Trump’s tweet about her was “a sexist smear” meant to bully her.

“The president is trying to certainly silence my voice on this issue of these allegations against him. And he’s often berated women and made them feel that they cannot be heard as well,” Ms. Gillibrand, New York Democrat, said on NBC News.

Mr. Trump tweeted about Ms. Gillibrand on Tuesday arguing that she “would do anything” for campaign contributions, which many interpreted as a sexually loaded statement.

“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!” he tweeted.

Mr. Trump has made similar statements about male colleagues, however, saying during the campaign that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who did not support Mr. Trump in the race, would’ve “dropped to his knees” for an endorsement when Mr. Romney was running for the presidential nomination in 2012. 

Ms. Gillibrand said that she believes the women who have alleged sexual harassment and misconduct by Mr. Trump and that she will continue to call for his resignation. She pointed to the Alabama Senate election as proof that women, particularly African-American women, were going to play more of a role in politics in light of Mr. Trump’s alleged treatment of women.

“I think this was an election about what we feel and our values and what we care about, and I think President Trump is wrong. He is a bully, and he’s been attacking different people across this country since he’s been president,” Ms. Gillibrand explained.

Republican candidate Roy Moore lost to his opponent Democrat Doug Jones after allegations that Mr. Moore had pursued sexual relationships with teenagers when he was in his 30s. Mr. Moore has denied the claims.