Gillibrand Strikes Out At Town Hall
Gillibrand Strikes Out At Town Hall
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand believes she is running for president. She’s not. She’s not even in the running for vice-president. Gillibrand is running in order to raise her national profile.
The senator was given the opportunity to make her case to voters via a Fox News town hall, hosted by Chris Wallace. And when I say “make her case,” she really needs to convince people to support her, because at the moment, Gillibrand is failing to meet the individual donor threshold in order to make the debate stage at the end of this month.
So, the senator had little choice but to appear to a large audience via Fox News in hopes of garnering more donors. It would have helped if she hadn’t come off as adversarial and snotty to her hosts.
When asked by a retired pediatric nurse named Susan about her stance on late-term abortions, Gillibrand pivoted to an attack on Fox News.”
Gillibrand accused Fox of fueling what she called the infanticide “red herring” by devoting 6.5 hours of coverage to the debate, including comments from guests on the network.”
“What we have created, unfortunately, is a false choice and a false narrative,” Gillibrand said of the climate surrounding the issue. “And Chris, I want to talk about the role that Fox News plays in this because it’s a problem. I can tell you before President Trump gave his State of the Union, Fox News talked about infanticide.”
“Infanticide doesn’t exist,” she said, at which point “Fox News Sunday” host and town hall moderator Chris Wallace cut her off.”
“Senator, I just want to say, we’ve brought you here for an hour,” Wallace said. “We’ve treated you very fairly. I understand that maybe to make your credentials with the Democrats who are not appearing on Fox News you want to attack us. I’m not sure it’s frankly very polite when we’ve invited you to be here.”
“I’ll do it in a polite way,” Gillibrand countered.”
“Instead of talking about Fox News why don’t you answer Susan’s question,” Wallace said redirecting the senator to her stance on late-term abortions.”
Gillibrand, a fervent supporter of abortion rights, has previously vowed to only nominate federal court judges who support Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the nation. She repeated that position during Sunday night’s event at the University of Dubuque.”
So, attack Fox News, claim “abortion is a human right” and a “moral decision,” and yell at the audience. How is Gillibrand different than any other of the Democratic candidate? She yelled louder, and that’s about it.
The next box to check on Gillibrand’s leftist list? Trash the NRA.
Kirsten Gillibrand: “The NRA is the worst organization in this country. They care more about their profits than the American people, they care more about selling guns to someone on the terror watch list or w/grave mental illness or who has a violent criminal background”
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 2, 2019
Please point me to the NRA gun store, Senator. Oh, it doesn’t exist, does it? Gillibrand then tried to blame the Virginia Beach shooting (which is rapidly being forgotten by the media because neither the shooter nor the weapon used fits the media’s preferred narrative) on the NRA.
“Americans are feeling ripped apart by the gun deaths we have seen, year after year, month after month,” Gillibrand said. “The most outrageous thing that’s happened to our democracy is how much fear, and division, and hate has been spread. I think the NRA is the worst organization in this country for doing exactly that. They care more about their profits than the American people.”
Gillibrand went on to call for universal background checks, a bump stock ban, and a federal anti-weapons trafficking law. She also accused the NRA of having a “chokehold” on members of Congress. (The Trump administration has already banned bump stocks, over the objections of some conservatives who raised concerns about the constitutionality of the sweeping executive order.)”
Wallace pointed out that Friday’s shooting would not have been stopped by any of Gillibrand’s proposed initiatives, and inquired whether she could provide more specific ideas that could have prevented the murders.”
“Stop being beholden to the NRA like President Trump is,” Gillibrand offered. “The NRA is lying to the American people. It is not about the Second Amendment. It is about gun sales. … It is literally about greed and corruption, and making sure the status quo remains the same.”
Wallace then noted that Gillibrand boasted in 2009 about receiving a 100 percent “A” rating from the NRA and said she kept two guns under her bed. She was also a member of the conservative Democratic Blue Dog coalition when she represented New York’s rural 20th congressional district in the House.”
Wallace grills Gillibrand: “Your campaign slogan is ‘Brave Wins,’ but when you [represented] a conservative district…you took pretty conservative positions on guns…once you became the Senator for the entire liberal state of NY, you flipped. How is that brave?”
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— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 3, 2019
This is the most boring rehash of platitudes, all spouted on a national stage, and Gillibrand can’t even be bothered to make this tripe interesting or creative. The senator sounds like she was programmed with all the catchiest slogans off Twitter and then sent out on stage to repeat everything.
And that’s pretty much the sum of Kirsten Gillibrand. She is not unique, she has no distinguishing policy proposals, she is toeing every single progressive party line, and she is painfully boring and clichéd. In this Democratic primary, she is just another cookie-cutter progressive candidate – a painfully vanilla leftist. She may still make the debate stage at the end of this month, but I can’t see her candidacy lasting to the end of the calendar year.
Featured image: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on her Fox News Town Hall, June 2, 2019 (screenshot via Fox News on YouTube)