Gillibrand continues to call out Trump in Cheektowaga

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Harkness Career & Technical Center on December 15th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Harkness Career & Technical Center on December 15th. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA – At a Friday morning appearance at Erie 1 BOCES Harkness Center, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) continued to call out President Donald Trump, in a back-and-forth that began with an appearance on CNN on Monday.

In the interview on the cable network, Sen. Gillibrand said, “President Trump has committed assault, according to these women, and those are very credible allegations of misconduct and criminal activity, and he should be fully investigated and he should resign,”

That led to a controversial response from President Trump on Twitter.

Today, Sen. Gillibrand told reporters in Cheektowaga, the donations made by Mr. Trump were passed along to another group. “We have actually given all his donations to a not-for-profit that deals with sexual violence.”

Gillibrand also echoed sentiments about Mr. Trump’s Tweet that were made earlier this week, “I think it was intended to be a sexist smear, intended to silence me on something I care very deeply about. The truth is the President is not going to silence me or the women who have stood up against him, or the millions of women who have been marching since inauguration and showing up at town halls and running for office to be heard on the things they care most deeply about.”

Sexual assault issues have been something Ms. Gillibrand has been vocal about during her time in the Senate. She has been bringing up the issue of sexual assault in the military, as well as sexual violence on college campuses for years. Now, she is turning her attention to her own workplace. “We introduced a bill yesterday with over 20 Senators, eight of whom are Republicans, to change the rules in Congress on how to deal with this issue of sexual harassment,” Ms. Gillibrand said.

When asked if she would like an apology from Mr. Trump, Ms. Gillibrand replied, “It’s not about me. It’s about all these women who are standing up and trying to be heard. It’s a moment of reckoning right now in this country. Women who have suffered sexual harassment, sexual violence, they need to be heard. They need to be able to tell their stories. My job is to provide accountability. To create the structure around this pervasiveness and begin to show accountability, transparency, and offer justice.”

Another question being thrown about in the national media is Ms. Gillibrand’s aspirations for higher office. When asked if she’s going to run for president in 2020, she said, “I’m very focused about running for re-election here in New York. I would like to be your Senator. I’m actually up for election in 2018, and will hopefully be earning voters votes then.”

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