U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. / REUTERS

Sexist-in-Chief Smears Female Senator on Twitter

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that she will not be shamed into silence by a misogynist bully — even if he happens to sit in the Oval Office.

The statement came after President Donald Trump directed a “sexist smear” at the senator on Twitter that same day.

“It was a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice, and I will not be silenced on this issue,” Gillibrand said at a news conference. “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 to stand up against policies they do not agree with.”

Tuesday morning the president took to Twitter to call Gillibrand a “lightweight” and “total flunky” who begged for campaign contributions and “would do anything” for them.

“It’s part of the president’s effort at name-calling and it’s not gonna silence me,” Gillibrand said. “It’s intended to silence me. It’s not gonna silence the women who have stood up against him directly, and it’s not gonna silence the millions of women out there that have been speaking out every day since his inauguration about things they disagree with.”

Earlier on Tuesday Gillibrand also responded to the president on his favorite social media platform.

Gillibrand’s announcement came shortly after a news conference in which three of the women accusing Trump of sexual harassment called for Congress to launch an investigation into the president.

Gillibrand has been an activist when it comes to tackling sexual assault issues on Capitol Hill. She was one of the first senators to say Al Franken should resign after sexual harassment allegations came out against him. She also said former President Bill Clinton should have stepped down after his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky became public.

And on Monday she said Trump should be held to the same standard.

After Trump’s attack, a flood of supporters came out in Gillibrand’s defense — including MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, who in June was also a target of Trump’s rampant sexism on Twitter.

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