President Donald Trump attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., in a sexually suggestive tweet Tuesday morning that implied Gillibrand would do just about anything for money, prompting an immediate backlash.
“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Charles E. Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago, is now in the ring fighting against Trump,” the president wrote.
Several female senators also rallied around Gillibrand, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who pointedly asked Trump on Twitter if he were trying to “Bully, intimidate and slut-shame” Gillibrand.
Trump offered no evidence to support his claim that Gillibrand had gone to him “Begging” for campaign donations “And would do anything for them.” According to Open Secrets, a nonprofit website that tracks campaign contributions, since 1996, Trump has donated $8,900 to Sen. Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., and $5,850 to Gillibrand.
Gillibrand met with Trump once in 2010, the Gillibrand aide said, and Trump’s oldest daughter, Ivanka, attended the meeting,.
On Monday, Gillibrand, a leading voice in Congress for combating sexual assault in the military, became the fifth Democratic senator to call on Trump to step down because of the allegations of sexual misconduct against him – accusations the president has denied and the White House dismissed again on Monday.
“President Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and those are very credible allegations of misconduct and criminal activity, and he should be fully investigated and he should resign,” Gillibrand said on CNN. “These allegations are credible; they are numerous. I’ve heard these women’s testimony, and many of them are heartbreaking.”