During a live press briefing on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders addressed President Donald Trump's feud with Senator Kristen Gillibrand. Early on Tuesday, the president tweeted out a statement directed at Gillibrand, where he said she “would do anything for” political donations.
Many have interpreted the Trump's comments as sexist and sexual in nature. However, Sanders clearly clarified the truth of the situation Tuesday afternoon, reported Politico.
“I think only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way,” Sanders said in response to a question about the possibility of innuendo in the president’s tweet.
“There’s no way that this is sexist at all. This is simply talking about a system that we have that is broken in which special interests control our government,” Sanders said. “And I don't think that there’s probably many people that are more controlled by political contributions than the senator that the president referenced.”
Trump tweeted Gillibrand after the senator released a statement, calling for him to resign from the presidency over the allegations of sexual misconduct.
President Trump wrote, “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.”
Sanders clarification makes it clear that President Trump's tweet was a reference to his attack on donation-seeking politicians rather than sexual innuendo. He was simply addressing the problem of interest politics.
“This is the same sentiment that the president has expressed many times before when he has exposed the corruption of the entire political system. In fact, he's used similar terminology many times when talking about politicians of both parties, both men and women,” Sanders said. “The system is clearly broken. It's clearly rigged for special interests. And this president is someone that can't be bought and one of the reasons that he's president today.”
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