NEW YORK (AP) — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Sunday launched a pointed attack of President Donald Trump and his policies, speaking feet away from one of Trump’s Manhattan properties. She called Trump a “coward” who “punches down” and says that he is “tearing apart the moral fabric of our country.”
She lambasted the Trump International Hotel & Tower, which appeared over her left shoulder as she delivered a 30 minute speech, as “a shrine to greed, division and vanity” and accused Trump of putting his name on every building.
“He demonizes the vulnerable and he punches down. He puts his name in bold on every building,” Gillibrand said. “He does all of this because he wants you to believe he is strong. He is not. Our president is a coward.”
Though Gillibrand first said that she was exploring a presidential bid in January, the New York speech was her first since formalizing her efforts last week. It seemed an attempt by her campaign to position Gillibrand in the crowded field of Democrats seeking the party’s nomination, a field in which she has been looking to define her path.
Gillibrand spoke as the nation awaited news of the report by the special counsel, Robert Mueller, in the Russia investigation. In her speech, she stressed that “nobody in this country, not even the president, is above the law, or immune from accountability.”
She said Sunday, “It is not often that I agree with Richard Nixon, but he was right to say that the American people have the right to know whether their president is a crook.”
While Attorney General William Barr released a summary of principal conclusions on Sunday, hours after Gillibrand’s Manhattan speech, she is among the Democrats calling for the full details...