A former Fox News host has slammed President Donald Trump over his tweet about Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, claiming it was obvious the president was insinuating she performed sexual favors.
Gretchen Carlson said the Tuesday tweet from Trump was “despicable” and suggested in a discussion on CNN that his statement was gendered.
The president tweeted, “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!”
Gillibrand had been among those calling for the president to step down amid a slew of sexual misconduct allegations against him—prompting the aggressive tweet on Tuesday.
"I thought that it was a deliberate takedown of her because she’s a female senator and an effort to try and silence her,” Carlson, who brought a sexual harassment suit against Fox News chair Roger Ailes in 2016, told CNN on Tuesday.
“A lot of people believe that that means she would have done sexual favors and that is absolutely disgusting," she added.
Gretchen Carlson responds to President Trump's tweet about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand: "I thought it was totally sexist. I thought that it was a deliberate takedown of her because she's a female senator and an effort to try and silence her." https://t.co/0eDrbOhBGH— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) December 12, 2017
Carlson’s comments come alongside the backlash against Trump’s comments regarding the Democrat senator, with Gillibrand herself criticizing the president over his tweet.
“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,” she wrote.
The debacle follows calls for Trump to stand down over the accusations of sexual misconduct made against the president by 19 women—and after three of the women spoke out on Megyn Kelly Today about the allegations on Monday.
One of the president’s accusers, Jessica Leeds, claimed Trump groped her and then called her a “c***” at their next meeting.
This week, the White House responded to the Megyn Kelly Today's interviews and reiterated the president’s denial of the allegations. “These false claims, totally disputed in most cases by eyewitness accounts, were addressed at length during last year’s campaign, and the American people voiced their judgment by delivering a decisive victory,” the statement reads.
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