Gillibrand blasts Trump in campaign kickoff
NEW YORK – New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand kicked off her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in front of one of President Trump’s buildings on Sunday, taking aim at the president’s policies and principles while promising progress.
“He demonizes the vulnerable and he punches down. He puts his name in bold on every building,” she said outside the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Manhattan, its gold marquee and windows glistening in the sun. “He does this because he wants you to believe he is strong. He is not. Our president is a coward.”
Gillibrand has struggled to break through a crowd of Democratic presidential hopefuls that already includes the party’s 2016 runner-up and a handful of candidates widely known by their first names, and is likely to be soon joined by a former vice president.
While people close to her campaign resist casting Sunday’s speech as a reset, it’s an opportunity for Gillibrand to jump-start her candidacy and show voters that she’s ready to take on the president in a Democratic primary race that will ultimately hinge on voter’s assessment of the candidates’ ability to beat him.
– Bloomberg News