by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Becket Adams reminds Washington Examiner readers that President Trump’s recent tweet suggesting Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand would “do anything” for campaign contributions doesn’t represent the first time a major politician has disparaged the New York senator.
I have no interest in defending Trump from claims his Gillibrand tweet was overtly sexist. That’s a fool’s errand. He doesn’t deserve the benefit of the doubt for the simple reason that he talks like a horny 14-year-old boy when it comes to discussing women, their accomplishments and their looks. He’s also infamous for disparaging women with sexually charged remarks.
Sure, it’s possible the president didn’t mean to suggest anything obscene Tuesday morning, but it’s on him to make that clear. He lost the right for people to assume the best of him a long time ago.
That said, if Trump was making an overtly sexist comment about Gillibrand, it wouldn’t even be a first for her.
In fact, you could argue that former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said worse about Gillibrand in 2010 when he said she was the “hottest” U.S. senator.
It was seven years ago at a fundraiser for then-New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that Reid made Gillibrand blush with his offhand remark about her looks.
“[M]any senators are known for many things,” Reid reportedly told the room.
He then turned to Gillibrand and said, “We in the Senate refer to Sen. Gillibrand as the hottest member.”