Sen. Gillibrand Responds To President Trump: 'You Cannot Silence Me'

Sen. Gillibrand has been fighting sexual assault for her entire career.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is not backing down.

The New York senator has been fighting sexual assault throughout her career in Congress. But after calling for President Donald Trump to resign over allegations of sexual harassment, Gillibrand was greeted with a familiar Trump tactic: a Twitter attack. 

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"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," Trump tweeted. "Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!"

Sen. Gillibrand's Senate aide told The New York Times that she was at bipartisan bible study group when Trump tweeted about her, and she was quickly pulled out to address his comments. Trump's accusation that Gillibrand had been "disloyal" to the Clintons comes after Gillibrand said in today's world, former president Bill Clinton would have had to resign over accusations against him of sexual harassment. Many, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, believe Trump was implying that Gillibrand was offering sexual favors in exchange for donations.

"It was disgusting," Sen. Warren told a group of reporters. "He was disgusting. It was clear what he was getting at. He is disgusting."

Gillibrand responded with a tweet of her own, which had been shared more than 66,000 times as of Tuesday afternoon.

"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 said.

In recent weeks, Gillibrand has been at the forefront of pressuring politicians accused of sexual harassment to step down from office. She was one of the first politicians to call on fellow Democratic Sen. Al Franken to resign, and has been pushing for Congress to institute more efficient rules for reporting sexual harassment on Capitol Hill. 

Later, during a press conference, Gillibrand expanded on her tweet.

"It was a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice, and I will not be silenced on this issue," she said. "Neither will the women who stood up to the president yesterday."

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