President Donald Trump does not shy away from a political battle, and now, he is taking one to New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Gillibrand has led the sexual assault reckoning in Washington in recent weeks, urging members of her own party, such as Senator Al Franken and Representative John Conyers, to resign over allegations they face.
Since, Gillibrand has turned her attack on President Donald Trump, echoing the concerns of his accusers from the campaign trail and signaling that he should face a reckoning, too.
Trump blasted her on Twitter for her pesky allegations. “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,” he wrote.
He also accused her of disloyalty to Hillary Clinton after years of support from her and her husband, although it was unclear what exactly he was referring to.
Gillibrand shot back, writing on Twitter, “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.”
She previously dismissed his comments about her as “a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice.”
Several women have come to Gillibrand’s defense. Gretchen Carlson, who recently accused Fox News of condoning sexual assault, tweeted, “What do u mean @SenGillibrand would ‘do anything’ for campaign contributions?”
Meanwhile, Senator Elizabeth Warren – considered a presidential hopeful for 2020 – asked if Trump was “really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you’re picking a fight with? Good luck with that.”
Trump responded to the recent wave of sexual assault allegations at large this week, dismissing them as partisan attacks. “Despite thousands of hours wasted and many millions of dollars spent, the Democrats have been unable to show any collusion with Russia,” Trump tweeted on Tuesday. “So now they are moving on to the false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met. FAKE NEWS!”