Democrat senator Kirsten Gillibrand on whether Trump has kept his promises: 'F*** no'

Some have speculated that she may make a play for the Democratic nomination in 2020

Clark Mindock
New York
Friday 09 June 2017 20:55
Gillibrand dropped the f-bomb during a speech in New York City
Gillibrand dropped the f-bomb during a speech in New York City

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has laid down a few choice f-bombs during a speech at a technology and democracy conference at New York University.

Ms Gillibrand employed the expletive to criticise Donald Trump’s record in office, and to assert that government is meant to be a forum for helping people.

“Has he kept his promises? F*** no”, Ms Gillibrand said of the President.

It’s not the first time that the Senator has used the four letter word in public. She pulled it out during an interview with New York Magazine earlier this year during a push to pass legislation that would protect seniors against fraud.

“If we’re not helping people, we should go the f*** home,” Ms Gillibrand said during her New York University speech, and also during that magazine interview.

The junior senator of one of the most populous and left-leaning states in the country is said to be a potential 2020 candidate in the Democratic presidential primary, and has been establishing a reputation on Capitol Hill for progressive votes and for speaking out against the Trump White House.

Asked whether it is appropriate for Ms Gillibrand to drop f-bombs as a prominent member of the US Congress, a spokesperson for her office has said, “I think it’s appropriate for a senator to be exactly who they are — Kirsten is going to continue to be exactly who she is and always has been.”

If Ms Gillibrand throws her hat into the ring for 2020, she’s likely to face a big bench of competition for the Democratic nomination. Less than six months into the Trump administration, speculation around who would run has already entered political discourse. Potential candidates range from well known veterans like Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders or former Vice President Joe Biden, to relatively unknown figures on the national stage like Ms Gillibrand, New Jersey Senator Corey Booker, and California Senator Kamala Harris, among others.

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