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Senator urges Trump to resign, faces Presidential bullying

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WASHINGTON, U.S. - In a bid to get back at Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democratic senator for New York, who called on Trump to resign over sexual assault allegations against him - Donald Trump delivered a Presidential doze of ‘bullying.’

On Monday, three of Trump’s previous accusers appeared on National television, to recount sexual misconduct claims against the president, amid a whirlwind of similar accusations being made against prominent politicians, sports stars, celebrities and others. 

Following the report, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said that Trump should step down, and that if he doesn’t, there should be a congressional investigation.

On Tuesday, Trump took to Twitter, hitting back at the Senator, who took over Hillary Clinton’s senate seat when she joined the Obama administration, and indicating that Gillibrand had asked him to contribute financially to her election campaign.

He wrote on Twitter, “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. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”

Immediately, Trump faced an online backlash and was accused of “slut-shaming” the female senator.

The remark also triggered claims of sexism and condemnation from Gillibrand and other prominent politicians, who labeled Trump a “bully.”

Gillibrand responded to Trump in a tweet and said, “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.” 

Later, in an interview, she said, “It was a sexist smear attempting to silence my voice, and I will not be silenced on this issue. Neither will the women who stood up to the president yesterday.”

Trump’s political opponents too lashed out against his tweet for being sexist and warned that Trump was attempting to silence critics. 

Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator for Massachusetts spoke out in support of Gillibrand on Twitter and said, “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.” 

Meanwhile, other leading Democrats too joined in the criticism, with Mazie Hirono, the Democrat senator from Hawaii, calling Trump a “misogynist.” 

Hirono added, “The only thing that will stop him from attacking us, because nobody is safe, is his resignation.”

And Richard Blumenthal, the Democratic senator for Connecticut, said, “I stand with Sen. Gillibrand, a dedicated public servant and friend. America must reject Trump’s sexist slurs.”

Recently, two high-profile Democratic congressmen, Al Franken and John Conyers have resigned from office after facing claims over their behavior towards women. 

Meanwhile, the Republican former judge, Roy Moore, who faced similar assault accusations decided not to quit his bid to participate in the Alabama senate election, and even received the support of President Trump.

 

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