Democratic New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand became the latest Democrat to announce a campaign for President in 2020 on Tuesday.
However it seems that this will come as a surprise to many of the New York voters who elected her to another Senate term in November- as Gillibrand had plainly stated that she was going to serve a full six-year term during the 2018 election.
When asked by a moderator during a campaign debate for New York’s 2018 U.S Senate election if she would “get out of the race, not run for President, and you will serve your six year term,” Gillibrand plainly stated that she would “serve her six year term.” This pledge during a campaign event was merely three months ago- an outright and red-handed lie to New York voters, if not a convenient and equally dishonest “change of heart” on the part of the New York senator.
Several progressive commentators expressed their doubt that Gillibrand’s pledge to serve a six-year term in the Senate was ever genuine, merely serving as a rhetorical tool to secure the support of New York’s mostly left-leaning voter base.
Gillibrand is known for her close ties to Wall Street and the billionaire donor class of the Democratic Party. Some Democrats and progressives remain irritated with her role in the resignation of former Minnesota Senator Al Franken, who was accused of sexual misconduct. Her insistence on Franken’s resignation- who remains a popular figure in many left-leaning circles- could pose a road block for the prospects of her already dubious presidential campaign.
Gillibrand became a source of controversy when she claimed that the future of the United States was explicitly “female,” as if Americans of both genders no longer had a place in an “intersectional” vision of the country’s future. She’s been labeled by many progressives as the quintessential “corporate feminist,” representing the union of socially “progressive” and big business interests.
As of Wednesday morning, the lack of enthusiasm for Gillibrand’s entry into the increasingly crowded Democratic primary seemed clearly indicated by a surprisingly potent “ratio” in response to her tweet announcing the move. As of Wednesday morning, it’s received a grand total of twenty-one retweets, and more than 1,400 responses- mostly from progressives incensed by the presidential campaign of a Democrat they see as beholden to elite donor interests and hostile to insurgent movements with the party.
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