Senator Leading #TrumpToo Call Won't Be Silenced By President's "Sexist Smear"
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) quickly fired back at President Donald Trump on Tuesday after he posted a crude tweet about her, attacking the lawmaker amid calls for Congress to investigate the president’s history of sexual harassment and assault and her suggestion that he resign.
With as many as 19 separate allegations aimed at the president, Gillibrand has been leading the charge in the Senate against Trump and recently called for his resignation.
In his tweet Tuesday morning, Trump lashed out by calling the senator a “lightweight” and then suggested that Gillibrand “would do anything for” his donations before he ran for office.
After responding on social media, the senator held a press conference, calling Trump’s tweet a “sexist smear.”
Gillibrand has become a leading voice in calls to hold Trump accountable for his sexual misconduct—including behavior that he openly admitted to in an audio recording that was circulated during the 2016 campaign—just as Democratic lawmakers Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) have been called to account for allegations against them.
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The #TrumpToo movement has taken off in recent days, weeks after the #MeToo social media campaign flooded Facebook and Twitter feeds. Supporters want Congress and the Justice Department to open an inquiry into reports that Trump grabbed, forcibly kissed, and harassed women at various times during his career.
As of Tuesday, 277,845 people had signed a MoveOn.org petition calling for an investigation.
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