Kirsten Gillibrand Goes Off on ‘Weak’ ‘Demeaning’ ‘Coward’ Trump at CNN Town Hall
New York Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand went on a three-minute tear against Donald Trump, calling him “weak,” “demeaning,” a “coward,” and more.
At a CNN town hall event moderated by Erin Burnett, Gillibrand was asked why she decided to kick off her campaign with a speech just several feet away from Trump Tower in New York.
“You recently held a rally outside of Trump Tower in New York City,” the questioner, a student named Alexis, said. “What inspired you to host a rally at that venue?”
Gillibrand launched into a bare-knuckled attack on Trump, telling the questioner that Trump Tower “represents to me greed, it represents a narcissism, and a sense of entitlement that is so significant, you just have to speak truth to that power.”
“Because this president is one of the most cowardly, demeaning presidents we’ve ever had,” she added. “He is somebody who demonizes women, people of color, he has said racist statements, he has said anti-Semitic statements, he is against freedom of religion with his Muslim ban, he has divided us on every type of line you could possibly imagine, and I wanted to talk about what it actually means to stand up for what’s right, to do what’s right especially when it’s hard.”
Gillibrand then spoke about policies like Medicare for All, debt-free college, public school funding, and publicly-funded elections, and said that Trump stands “in the way of everything we believe in.”
“So I wanted to talk about what this president isn’t, and that’s brave,” Gillibrand said, and went on to add that Trump “punches down, he demeans the vulnerable. He is not brave. He wants us to believe he’s strong, that’s why he puts his name on every building, he wants us to believe that he is powerful. Well he is not. He is weak, and he is a coward, and that’s why I wanted to have that speech there.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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