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.
Ilhan Omar Says She Believes Biden Committed Sexual Assault, But Will Vote For Him Anyway
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has stated publicly that she believes Tara Reade, a former staffer for presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden who has alleged he sexually assaulted her, but will vote for Biden despite the fact that she thinks he is a predator.
“Believing survivors is consistent with my values. Yes, I endorsed against Biden and I didn’t pick him as our nominee. With that said, in this interview I did on May 6th, we talked about that and quotes aren’t always in context. I will vote for him and help him defeat Trump,” Omar wrote in a tweet attempting to express solidarity for Reade while shilling for Biden.
“We can’t fend off perceived attacks with attacks on others. This is the most important election cycle of our lifetimes and we aren’t going to have a chance if we don’t spend our energy in mobilizing and building enthusiasm against Trump. That’s the goal we should all be united on,” Omar wrote in a subsequent Twitter post.
She also talked about her stance in favor of voting for a man she believes is a sexual predator during an interview with The Sunday Times.
“There’s a lot of unsavory stuff. It is troubling, I do believe Tara Reade, I believe it’s important for us to give space for women to come forward and share their stories. It takes years and years for sexual assault survivors to come forward. Justice can be delayed but it should never be denied,” Omar said.
“If considerations [over the candidate] were something I had influence over, just candidly here, we’d probably have a different candidate,” she added – making it clear that Biden is not a candidate she finds particularly desirable.
Fellow “Squad” member Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) expressed a similar opinion that she would vote for a man she believes committed sexual assault because of her hatred for Trump.
“I reject the false choice that my party and our nominee can’t address the allegations at hand and defeat the occupant of the White House,” Pressley wrote.
Reade has come forward in recent weeks to accuse Biden of victimizing her in 1993 when he was a Senator and she worked under him:
Tara Reade, a former staffer for Joe Biden while he was serving in the Senate, filed a criminal complaint in Washington D.C. against her former boss on Saturday alleging he sexually assaulted her in 1993.
Reade attests that Biden “assaulted her in a Senate corridor, shoving his hand under her skirt and penetrating her with his fingers.” Business Insider has reported that the “statute of limitations for the alleged assault has passed,” but this troublesome news is not expected to help Biden’s presidential chances.
Reade spoke her truth to writer Katie Halper when she appeared on her podcast last month. Reade claims that she has been trying to get justice for years but her story has mostly fallen on deaf ears due to Biden being protected.
“We were alone, and it was the strangest thing,” Reade said to Halper. “There was no, like, exchange really, he just had me up against the wall. His hands were on me and underneath my clothes. And then, he went, he went down my skirt and then up inside it, and he penetrated me with his fingers…and um…He was kissing me at the same time and he was saying something to me.”
“He got finished doing what he was doing and I, how I was pulled back and he said, ‘Come on man, I heard you liked me.’ And that phrase stayed with me because I kept thinking what I might have said,” she continued. “And I can’t remember exactly if he said ‘I thought’ or if ‘I heard.’ It’s like he implied that I had done this.”
Reade’s allegations are yet to be proven by hard evidence, but this situation has certainly exposed the incredible hypocrisy of Democrats when it comes to the #MeToo movement and sexual assault claims.
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