With a Twitter feud. |


By Ryan Teague Beckwith

Ryan Beckwith

President Trump inadvertently boosted Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in a feud over allegations of sexual misconduct.

After the New York Democrat became one of a handful of Democratic senators calling on Trump to resign over the allegations, Trump attacked her as a "lightweight" and a "total flunky" for Democratic leader Sen. Chuck Schumer and claimed that she used to "beg" him for campaign contributions.

"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 tweeted. "Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!"

But Gillibrand shot back, and according to Twitter statistics seems to have gotten the better of the exchange, with three times as many likes and her most retweeted tweet ever.

"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," Gillibrand responded.

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Trump has donated $5,850 to Gillibrand's campaigns in the past.

The Twitter feud came a day after Gillibrand told CNN's Christiane Amanpour that she thought Trump should resign, a sentiment that she then shared on Twitter. She joined fellow Democrats New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley in calling for his resignation, although it was notable that Trump attacked the only woman in the group.

The Trump tweet also led to other Democratic lawmakers taking on the president, with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren calling Trump's remark that Gillibrand "would do anything for" donations "slut-shaming" and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal calling it a "sexist slur."

"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 tweeted.

"@realDonaldTrump, your insecurity is showing," responded Merkley. "@SenGillibrand, you are a powerful voice; these petty attacks are a badge of honor."

"I stand with Sen. Gillibrand, a dedicated public servant and friend. America must reject Trump’s sexist slurs," wrote Blumenthal.

"From fighting to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", to ensuring healthcare for 9/11 first responders, & helping to implement campus sexual assault reforms - @SenGillibrand is a leader, whose voice is needed," tweeted Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto. "The only lightweight here is this #failing President, @realDonaldTrump."

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