The truth has been spoken…
President Donald Trump criticized Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday following the official announcement by the New York senator that she was dropping out of the presidential race in 2020.
“After more than eight incredible months I am ending my presidential campaign. I know this isn’t the result we wanted – we wanted to win this race,” Gillibrand said in her final campaign video. “But it’s important to know when it’s not your time and to know how you can best serve your community and country. I believe I can best serve by helping to unite us to beat Donald Trump in 2020.”
“A sad day for the Democrats,” Trump replied to the news. “Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the Presidential Primary. I’m glad they never found out that she was the one I was really afraid of!”
A sad day for the Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the Presidential Primary. I’m glad they never found out that she was the one I was really afraid of!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2019
In her presidential campaign, Gillibrand struggled to obtain traction. The presidential candidate failed to qualify for the upcoming primary discussions during the collapse of the Democratic National Committee, in which many political strategists regard to be a critical even for any campaign.
Not only was Gillibrand unable to fulfill the limit of fundraising requiring donations from no less than 130,000 individual contributors, but she also failed to fulfill the voting limit needing candidates to obtain at least 2 percent support in four or more DNC-approved polls.
Gillibrand’s voting was so small that the national polls often ignored her entirely. She was thus supported by an average of 0.5 percent of the population — the only opponent she was ahead of was former Rep. Joe Sestak.
Before it was even officially launched, Gillibrand’s campaign was plagued with accusations of hypocrisy and flip-flopping. She disclosed in November that she was mulling over a presidential campaign, although she promised to serve her complete six-year term if she was re-elected to the Senate before her mid-term election. After she handily won, she walked back that pledge.
Gillibrand is a strong proponent for women’s issues and has been a Women’s March vocal proponent. Her campaign concentrated mainly on intersectionality and gender politics as she attempted to carve a niche in the crowded Democratic primary field.
Despite positioning herself as a women’s rights champion, however, within her department, Gillibrand brushed off two distinct sexual misconduct charges against male employees.
Most notable though was Gillibrand’s shifting stance on the Second Amendment. She has been an outspoken critic of the National Rifle Association (NRA), even touting her F rating from the gun rights organization. However, the NRA notably rated Gillibrand an A up until the year she moved to the Senate from New York’s 20th Congressional District and flipped on her support for gun rights.
In addition to the Second Amendment, her stance on immigration has flip-flopped since joining the Senate. Gillibrand referred to Trump’s immigration and border security policies as racist on multiple occasions, despite previously supporting identical positions. She further claimed that those same positions were not racist when she supported them.
She also reversed her stance to allow illegal immigrants to receive driver’s permits just one day after she proclaimed her presidential campaign formally.