Sanders Mocks Critics of Trump’s Gillibrand Tweet: ‘Only if Your Mind is in the Gutter’
As has happened so often in the first year of President Donald Trump‘s administration, a Presidential Tweet was the topic du jour during Tuesday’s White House press briefing.
ABC’s Cecilia Vega wasted no time, leading off the briefing by asking Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about Trump’s Tuesday morning attack on Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) — in which the president wrote that the Senator “would do anything” for campaign contributions.
“Many, many people see this as a sexual innuendo,” Vega said. “What is the president suggesting?
Sanders denied that Trump was making a sexual reference.
“I think that the president is very obvious,” Sanders said. “This is the same sentiment that the president has expressed many times before — when he has exposed corruption of the entire political system. In fact, he’s used similar terminology many times when talking about politicians of both parties. Both men and women.”
Unsatisfied by the answer, which didn’t specifically address the “would do anything” comment, Vega pressed Sanders.
“What is he alleging would happen behind closed doors with her?” Vega asked.
“He’s not alleging anything,” Sanders replied. “He’s talking about the way that our system functions as it is. That politicians repeatedly beg for money, that’s not something new. And that comment, frankly, is not something new. If you look back at past comments this president has made, he’s used that same terminology many times in reference to men. There’s no way that this is sexist at all.”
Later, American Urban Radio Networks correspondent and CNN contributor April Ryan revisited the topic. This time, the denial from Sanders that Trump’s comment was sexual was far more forceful.
“I think only if your mind was in the gutter would you have read it that way,” she said.
Watch above, via CNN.
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