Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand framed her war of words with President Donald Trump against the backdrop of the #MeToo movement, saying the president needs to be held accountable for the sexual misconduct allegations against him and renewed calls for him to resign.
Gillibrand, in an interview on "Today" Wednesday, called the president a "bully" who is attempting to silence her and the more than a dozen women who have accused him of misconduct.
"He's a bully and he's been attacking different people across this country since he's been president," she said.
Trump claimed in his tweet on Tuesday that Gillibrand, D-N.Y., would beg him for campaign contributions before he was elected and that she "would do anything for them." The tweet was as swiftly denounced as sexist by many Democrats, who later called for an ethics investigation into the president.
In her interview, she invoked the #MeToo Movement, where women have shared stories of sexual harassment or assault, saying people want "quick justice" and the president should resign or face an ethics probe in Congress.
"I think this is a moment in time unlike any other with the 'Me Too' movement," Gillibrand said. "Women are feeling the ability to tell what happened to them, some of the worst moments they've lived, and tell it publicly."
She continued: "That is powerful and it is affecting everything and people are looking for justice ... whether it's in Hollywood, corporate America or Congress."
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