‘Trump is tearing apart the moral fabric of this country…’
(Chris Sommerfeldt, New York Daily News) Kirsten Gillibrand is punching back — Trump-style.
The New York senator and Democratic presidential candidate echoed Donald Trump’s acid rhetoric during her first New York City rally on Sunday, blasting the president as a weak and self-obsessed “coward.”
Speaking in front of Trump International Hotel and Tower in Midtown, Gillibrand rolled out a 2020 platform that included passing a “Green New Deal,” implementing Medicare for all, universal pre-K and paid family leave and legalizing marijuana.
But it was Trump’s name — not policy proposals — that loomed the largest throughout Gillibrand’s afternoon event.
“Trump is tearing apart the moral fabric of this country,” Gillibrand said to roars from an audience of roughly 1,000 supporters, according to her campaign.
“He puts his name in bold on every building. He does this because he wants you to believe he’s strong. He is not. Our president is a coward. That is not what we deserve.”
Gillibrand’s harsh words were reminiscent of language Trump uses while deriding his political enemies.
The 52-year-old lawmaker also took aim at the building behind her.
“Look up at that tower,” she told the crowd, pointing at the Trump-branded skyscraper. “A shrine to greed, division and vanity.”
Gillibrand announced her 2020 campaign in January but billed Sunday’s event as the “kickoff” of her presidential bid.
Gillibrand is trying to make a splash in a crowded Democratic primary field already consisting of 14 candidates, with former Vice President Joe Biden expected to join the fray as well.
Early polling suggests Gillibrand is facing an uphill battle, with a CNN/SSRS survey from last week saying only 1 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents support her bid.
Several Democratic 2020 hopefuls have adopted a softer approach to Trump, spending less time attacking him and more time on discussing policy.
Gillibrand made clear Sunday that’s not going to be her stance.
The Albany-born senator called for the full release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative report and even threw in a Richard Nixon reference to needle Trump.
“The Mueller report must be made public — all of it,” she said. “Nobody in this country, not even the President, is above the law or immune from accountability. It is not often that I agree with Richard Nixon, but he was right to say that the American people have a right to know whether their President is a crook.”
Gillibrand’s supporters welcomed her aggressiveness.
“I love that she’s trolling Trump,” Brooklyn resident Ellen Parkhurst, 32, told the New York Daily News after the rally. “Who doesn’t want to gather a bunch of people who hate Trump in front of one of his buildings and talk politics?”
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