Senator Elizabeth Warren jumped to the defense of her Senate colleague on Tuesday morning after President Donald Trump said that Senator Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign contributions.
Warren didn’t mince words in her response, and accused Trump of trying to bully and “slut-shame” Gillibrand. Warren also included a warning: “Do you know who you’re picking a fight with?”
The Massachusetts senator joined a chorus of voices who condemned Trump’s suggestive tweet made in response to Gillibrand’s call for him to resign over sexual misconduct 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. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
Gillibrand called Trump’s tweet a “sexist smear” and said she would continue speaking out.
“I will not be silenced on this issue, neither will the women who stood up to the president yesterday, and neither will the millions of women who have been marching since the women’s march,” Gillibrand told reporters Tuesday.
In the wake of new interviews from three of the women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct on Monday, Gillibrand called their accusations “credible” and said if Trump does not resign, he should be subject to “appropriate investigations.”
Trump has a history of viciously attacking women who criticize him, often in highly personal terms.
Over the summer, he said that MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski was “bleeding badly from a face lift” when he saw her at a party.
And in response to questions from then-Fox News host Megyn Kelly during a presidential debate, Trump said there was “blood coming out of her wherever.”