Potential Next Democratic Presidential Nominee Drops 'F' Bombs in Speech
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York has been repeatedly mentioned as a possible presidential candidate for 2020.
In a speech at an NYU conference on democracy and technology, Gillibrand let loose a few "F" bombs, guaranteeing a blizzard of media coverage and letting the white working class know that she speaks their language.
Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's message about helping the public took on a bold tone Friday morning when she told a crowd at a conference on technology and democracy, "If we are not helping people, we should go the f--- home."
In an out-of-character move, the New York senator dropped the f-bomb a handful of times during a speech at the Personal Democracy Forum at New York University, which explores technology's impact on politics, government and society.
Speaking about President Donald Trump's accomplishments in the White House, Gillibrand said, "Has he kept his promises? No. F--- no."
This is not the first time that Gillibrand has used the four-letter word. She also uttered it during an interview with New York Magazine in March, saying of her push to pass legislation to protect seniors against fraud, "We're here to help people, and if we're not helping people, we should go the f-- home."
When asked if Gillibrand considered it acceptable to use such language publicly, a spokesperson for her office said: "I think it's appropriate for a senator to be exactly who they are -- Kirsten is going to continue to be exactly who she is and always has been."
The spokesperson additionally emphasized that Gillibrand's change of tone is not part of a bigger image shift, despite the buzz that the senator might consider a White House run in 2020. He pointed to Gillibrand's 2014 book "Off the Sidelines" as an example of the senator using similarly colorful language.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez used similarly spicy language during the party's recent "unity tour" -- some of which he was heavily criticized for.
With children on stage behind him, Perez told an audience in Las Vegas in April that Trump "doesn't give a shit about health care."
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I criticized Trump for his language so it's only appropriate that I excoriate Gillibrand for it. As my mother used to remind us, there are 500,000 words in the English language -- so it's inexcusable that Gillibrand couldn't find another word to express her thoughts.
Mother was right. Trump and Gillibrand should be ashamed of themselves.
I would say watching the clip above that she is, indeed, running for president. By the time it becomes known there's a "buzz" about your presidential intentions, it's almost a certainty that the candidate has already reached out to professionals for advice on how to get the project off the ground.