Gil­li­brand blasts Trump in cam­paign kick­off

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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

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