Yesterday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) did what every Democrat must now do, and called for President Trump to resign over the sexual misconduct allegations leveled by nineteen different women so far. He’s been accused of acts ranging from sexual harassment to a horrifying allegation that he raped a 13-year-old girl.
Gillibrand’s call is brave and timely and in good keeping with the current wave of #MeToo stories that are finally taking down sexual predators in prominent positions all across the country. A man like Trump doesn’t deserve to hold even the lowest elected office, let alone the presidency.
In response to her call, Trump took to Twitter this morning in an attempt to insult and demean her by implying that she had offered him sexual favors in the past. It’s a disgusting, if not surprising, thing for the President of the United States to do in front of the entire world.
Trump put the word “begging” in quotations to make his gross insinuation clear, then doubled down and said Gillibrand, “would do anything for them [contributions].” The use of parentheticals once again reinforced the idea that he was making a vile implication.
Like so much of Trump’s rheotric the tweet relies on coded language. He makes it clear to his misogynist base what he’s saying, but leaves himself enough wiggle room to deny his intentions when confronted by opponents and legitmate media. Trump tweeted:
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
Senator Gillibrand refused to be intimidating by the predatory bully, and quickly shot back a tweet, telling the president that he will not silence her and he will not silence the millions of other women who are calling out Trump’s disgraceful behavior. Her message immediately went viral, far outstripping Trump’s in likes and retweets. Gillibrand wrote:
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. https://t.co/UbQZqubXZv
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 12, 2017
It’s not easy to stand up the most powerful man when he targets you directly, but Gillibrand has demonstrated exactly the kind of bravery we need from our elected officials. Hopefully, she continues to sound the alarm on Trump until the sexual predator is booted out of the White House. It’s crucial that other Democrats follow her lead and add their voices to the call for resignation. Trump must go.