Kirsten Gillibrand doubles down: Trump should resign

During an appearance on "The Today Show," Gillibrand reiterated her earlier criticisms of President Trump

By Matthew Rozsa

Staff Writer

Published December 13, 2017 9:51AM (EST)

 (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is continuing to beat the drum on the accusations against President Donald Trump. And despite, or maybe in spite of, the attacks against her, the New York Democrat is adamant that the president should resign.

"I'm not going to be silenced on this issue," Gillibrand told "Today," when asked about Trump's criticism of her focus on the allegations. "I've heard the testimony of many women, numerous accusers. I believe them. And he should resign for that. I think Congress should do an investigation because we need accountability. And women aren't going to be silenced right now."

Gillibrand added a reference to Doug Jones' upset victory over Roy Moore in the Alabama special election, noting that "as we just saw in Alabama, women are not going to be silenced. African-American women are not going to be silenced. And they came out in numbers."

On Tuesday, Gillibrand was the target of a sexist tweet by Trump, who implied that she had performed sexual favors for campaign contributions.

When asked if she interpreted the tweet this way, Gillibrand told NBC, "Certainly that's how I and many people read it. And it was certainly just a sexist smear intended to silence me."

In response to the outrage over Trump's sexist attack of Gillibrand, the Republican National Committee attempted to shift the narrative by spreading opposition research points about Gillibrand.

Not all Republicans have sided with Trump in his attack on Gillibrand. One of the Republicans who was part of the bipartisan Bible study group in which Gillibrand participates — and where she was when she first learned of Trump's tweet — has publicly defended her from the smear.

"Our leaders should focus on the issues, not personal attacks," Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., told Politico in a statement.

Six Democratic senators have so far called for Trump to resign over the multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against women: Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Ron Wyden of Oregon.

By Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer at Salon. He received a Master's Degree in History from Rutgers-Newark in 2012 and was awarded a science journalism fellowship from the Metcalf Institute in 2022.

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