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- President Donald Trump blasted Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Twitter on Tuesday.
- He said she begged him for donations and “would do anything for them.”
- Gillibrand called on Trump to resign from office Monday.
President Donald Trump lashed out at Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York on Twitter on Tuesday, a day after the rumored 2020 candidate called on him to resign over the more than a dozen allegations of sexual misconduct he faces.
Trump, calling her a “lightweight,” claimed Gillibrand begged him for donations “and would do anything for them.”
“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 wrote, adding that she was “very disloyal” to the Clintons.
It was not immediately clear what Trump meant when he said she “would do anything for them.” 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.
Gillibrand on Monday had called for Trump’s resignation. Several of the women who have accused Trump of sexual misconduct spoke at a press conference and on the NBC host Megyn Kelly’s program earlier in the day.
“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.”
Responding to Trump’s Tuesday tweet, Gillibrand said Trump “cannot silence” her or the “millions of women” she said had challenged his fitness for office.
“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 wrote.
Soon after Gillibrand posted her response, the New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that the Democratic senator, according to an aide, was in the middle of a bipartisan Bible-study group when Trump posted his tweet.
“She had to be pulled out by aides to hear what was happening,” Haberman wrote.