Sen. Elizabeth Warren accuses Trump of ‘slut-shaming’ Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused President Donald Trump of “slut-shaming” her Democratic ally, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
  • Trump lashed out at Gillibrand on Twitter on Tuesday morning, accusing her of “begging” for campaign contributions from him and saying she was “used.”
  • This comes a day after Gillibrand called on Trump to resign and for a congressional investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, accused President Donald Trump of “slut-shaming” Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand when he attacked the New York Democrat in a tweet on Tuesday morning.

A day after Gillibrand, widely considered a potential 2020 presidential candidate, called for Trump’s resignation, the president claimed the senator used to “do anything” for campaign donations from him. Trump concluded his verbal lashing by calling Gillibrand “used” and “very disloyal” to the Clintons, apparently referring to Gillibrand’s recent statement that former President Bill Clinton should have left office following his affair with Monica Lewinsky in the 1990s.

“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!” Trump wrote

Warren rushed to Gillibrand’s defense, accusing the president of attempting to “slut-shame” the senator.

“Are you really trying to bully, intimidate and slut-shame @SenGillibrand? Do you know who you’re picking a fight with? Good luck with that, @realDonaldTrump. Nevertheless, #shepersisted,” Warren wrote.

It was not immediately clear what Trump meant when he said she “would do anything for” campaign contributions. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Trump donated roughly $6,000 to Gillibrand’s campaigns, most recently a $4,800 donation in 2010. In 2008, Trump made a $10,000 donation to her Republican opponent in a House race she won.

Some, including Warren and Gillibrand, interpreted the attack as gendered, although it was not immediately clear what part of Trump’s comment provoked Warren to accuse him of slut-shaming Gillibrand.

Gillibrand called Trump’s tweet a “sexist smear” and said that the president “cannot silence” her or the “millions of women” who have challenged his fitness for office.

On Monday, Gillibrand joined a growing chorus of Democratic lawmakers – among whom she is the only woman – who are calling on Trump to resign and on Congress to investigate accusations made by 19 women that Trump sexually harassed or abused them.

“President Trump should resign,” she tweeted. “But, of course, he won’t hold himself accountable. Therefore, Congress should investigate the multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against him.”

Allan Smith contributed to this report.