Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand set herself up for a wave of backlash after a ridiculous claim that the future is “female” and “intersectional.”
The New York Democrat wore her progressive cap in a tweet rife with identity politics on Tuesday, and quickly got torched by those on both sides of the political aisle, including President Donald Trump’s son.
“Our future is: Female, Intersectional, Powered by our belief in one another. And we’re just getting started,” Gillibrand tweeted.
Our future is:
Powered by our belief in one another.
And we’re just getting started.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) December 5, 2018
The potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate was immediately slammed for her apparent pandering.
“Our future is: AMERICAN,” Sen. Marco Rubio tweeted in response mocking the Democrat.
Our future is:
An identity based not on gender,race,ethnicity or religion. But on the powerful truth that all people are created equal with a God given right to life,liberty & the pursuit of happiness. https://t.co/3Z9QckcaOX
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 5, 2018
The Florida Republican rebuked Gillibrand’s divisive identity politics with a reminder of America’s founding ideals.
Donald Trump Jr. also criticized the tweet for the message it was sending to his sons and that probably will not resonate with voters.
Good to know. My girls will be excited about this. When is it appropriate to let my boys (9, 7 and 6 years old) that there’s no future for them?
Not sure this is a winning platform but you be you. https://t.co/pCu0GbPyAi
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 5, 2018
Nate Silver, writer and FiveThirtyEight founder, assessed Gillibrand’s tweet and her attempt to “position” herself.
I don’t get how Gillibrand is trying to position herself. The type of people who respond positively to the term “intersectionality” are the type of people who will think she’s a neo-liberal establishment shill and have 4 or 5 other candidates they like better. https://t.co/H0kA0ODKcQ
— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) December 5, 2018
The woman once known as a centrist Democrat with moderate views on immigration and guns appears to be swinging to an extreme in order to reach some voters. But her vocal stand on #MeToo issues earned her the ire of many in her own party as she led the charge to remove former Sen. AL Franken from office amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
Betsy McCaughey, former lieutenant governor of New York, slammed Gillibrand’s “outrageous” comments during an appearance on Fox Business with Trish Regan on Wednesday.
McCaughey called out the New York Democrat for basically “saying the Democratic party is the party of victims right? And by definition, the Republicans are therefore the oppressors. That is not what leadership is about. We need to unite people around the issues that everybody cares about.”
Twitter users added to the barrage of backlash over Gillibrand’s pandering tweet.
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~ As the US citizen & a daughter of a LEGAL immigrant, I firmly stand with Marco Rubio’s good point about who the REAL Americans are. ??
~ Offended by Kirsten Gillibrand’s disgraceful insults toward legal Americans. SHAME on her! ??????? pic.twitter.com/710Lz7U29W
— MA Redpine (@MaRedpine) December 6, 2018
Rubio’s comment is right on the mark. Gillibrand’s remark is sexist and racist.
— Robert Bagnetto (@RobertBagnetto) December 5, 2018
Rubio quoting nation’s founders: 39,500
Gillibrand pimping identity politics: 22,500 pic.twitter.com/ER8xLjGAcp
— Todd Kron (@Toddkron) December 6, 2018
Trying to imagine how Trump would respond in the 2020 debate. “Senator Gillibrand thinks the future is intersectional, what do you think?”
— Helvering Davis (@low_tex) December 5, 2018
Our future is…not Kristen Gillibrand for President https://t.co/OW62yd2PC5
— Samantha Summers (@Sammsummers) December 5, 2018
Don’t get too excited about this because if you know Senator Gillibrand, then you know she has no principles one way or the other—except naked ambition. This is the same woman who supported gun rights and opposed illegal immigration when she had a conservative district.
— Cousin Jimmy (@JC7U) December 6, 2018
@SenGillibrand basically tells all her male constituents that you do not matter and should not even vote because she does represent you at all.
— Clint L (@ClintLongwell) December 5, 2018
That’s the @DNC MO, IDENTITY POLITICS! Name as many groups & races of people, LIE to them & get their votes ANYWAY possible. Do NOT vote for someone because they’re man, woman, white or black etc vote for them because they’re BEST & MOST QUALIFIED person for the job!
— Matt Conzo (@mattconzo) December 5, 2018
She’s dead to me unless she recants for what she did to @SenFranken
— They call me Squi (@Theboogeydown) December 5, 2018
Kirsten Gillibrand, mother of two sons, clearly wants to destroy young male lives. This is a great attack strategy. Please keep going with this.
— molly (@isteintraum) December 5, 2018