On Tuesday, December 12 President Donald Trump posted an offensive tweet about New York’s Junior Us Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She appeared on The Today show, calling Trump a “bully” and the tweet a “sexist smear.” In Trump’s tweet, he said Gillibrand used to go to his New York office “ begging for campaign contributions” and “would do anything for them.” Trump also mocked Gillibrand as a “lightweight” and “a total flunky” for Senator Chuck Schumer.
Trump’s tweet was widely criticized as sexually suggestive. But, the white house officials denied that there was anything sexually inappropriate in the tweet.White House representative Sarah Sanders discussed Trump’s tweet, telling reporters that “there’s no way this is sexist at all” and later stating “I think only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way.” This instantly lead to people accusing Trump of sexual harassment. Trump also went on to defend himself and stated that his accusers had “dirty minds.”
In the interview with the Today show, Gillibrand was asked if she interpreted the tweet to mean she had been offering sexual favors for campaign cash, and she nodded her head yes. President Trump also made accusations towards Mitt Romney last March stating “He was begging for my endorsement. I could’ve said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees, and he would’ve dropped to his knees.” Trump has been accused of sexually harassing people in the past, so this just adds fuel to the fire. This also makes Trump look very unprofessional. Gillibrand also stated in the interview with the Today show that she believes they should investigate Trump, and consider having him impeached. The big question about this tweet; was it sexist? That’s an obvious suspicion given Trumps history of sexual remarks about women.