President Donald Trump attacked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Twitter on Tuesday, a day after the New York Democrat called for the president’s resignation — and Democrats argued the president's attack was sexually suggestive.
What did Gillibrand say?
Gillibrand told CNN on Monday that Trump should resign because multiple women have accused him of sexual assault.
"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.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a Monday press briefing that Trump "has denied the allegations, as have eyewitnesses ... several reports have shown those eyewitnesses also back up the president's claim in this process, and again the American people knew this and voted for the president and we feel like we're ready to move forward in this process."
How did Trump respond?
Trump took to Twitter Tuesday morning to call Gillibrand “a total flunky” for Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).
He wrote that Gillibrand “would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them).”
Trump also hit Gillibrand for being “disloyal” to former President Bill Clinton. Gillibrand said last month that Clinton should have stepped down from the presidency following his affair with then-intern Monica Lewinsky.
Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office “b… https://t.co/L8fAyMgZ8M— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1513083815.0
Trump reportedly donated thousands of dollars to Gillibrand in 2007 and 2010.
What was the response?
Some characterized the president’s tweet as sexist and sexually suggestive.
Gillibrand responded to Trump on Twitter, writing, “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.”
You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness a… https://t.co/fdJ0xThA9A— Kirsten Gillibrand (@Kirsten Gillibrand)1513086802.0
MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said on “Morning Joe” Tuesday that Trump is “suggesting that Kirsten Gillibrand would have sex with him in order to get campaign contributions. The president actually tweeted that this morning."
In a tweet, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) accused the president of attempting to “slut-shame” Gillibrand.
Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you're picking a fight wi… https://t.co/1y8ONYrEkV— Elizabeth Warren (@Elizabeth Warren)1513095245.0