Gillibrand Defends Use of Profanity to Criticize Trump

• June 21, 2017 9:27 am


Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.) on Wednesday defended her use of profanity to criticize President Donald Trump, his tweets, and his administration.

MSNBC’s "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski asked Gillibrand whether she felt her tone was effective after discussing how it is necessary to push back against the Republican Party following Democrat Jon Ossoff’s special election loss in Georgia.

"You're quoted all over the place about resisting, pushing back. Even one quote here a week ago, I think, where you used a profanity," Brzezinksi said. "But the bottom line is we need to fight hard and we're angry about what's happening in Washington."

"As someone who has spoken out strongly as well about my concerns about this presidency, do you think that tone is perhaps not—is it productive?" Brzezinski asked, referencing Gillibrand's few instances of profanity usage.

Instead of directly defending her use of the f-bomb, Gillibrand excused her profanity as a way to "fight" against the Republican Party.

"I think people do have to fight, Mika," Gillibrand said.

"Right now we're in a battle with health care, and what the Republicans want is horrible … So this is an era where people's voices matter and it started with the Women's March and it really hasn't stopped," Gillibrand said.