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I think Brett Kavanaugh statement was dishonest and disingenuous, but the American people are watching and if Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath in the hearings, that's going to be problematic so I hope the American people and American women everywhere will hold this President accountable and will protest the extreme decisions by legislatures and governors being signed into law.
There's a very big difference between making sure hunters can hunt in upstate New York, because it's part of our heritage and our history and the Second Amendment to our Constitution, and fighting against gun violence, and those are values and views that I've always held — that we do need to fight against gun violence. We do need to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
Our President has chosen to tear this country apart on every line, every division, every racial line, every religious line, Our President chooses to divide us, community by community, our President has inspired a hate and a darkness in this country that I have never witnessed Kirsten Gillibrand. Our President is tearing apart the very fabric of who we are as a nation, our very common decency, and that is what we are being called to fight against.
Not only has the Michael Cohen sentencing really clarified how much trouble [President Trump] and his family are actually in, but it shows the depth of it -- that's it is collusion, it is fraud, it is obstruction of justice, and all those allegations are real. ... The most important thing that we can do in the Senate right now is protect the Mueller investigation.
I think it is easier for a female member to imagine what it's like to be victimized, to be disbelieved, disregarded, and retaliated against, it is something that they can imagine happening easier than many of our male colleagues who can't imagine ever being victimized or disbelieved or disregarded because they've never experienced that.
He has served our country admirably, he is well-regarded as an extraordinary general, and I am very grateful for that service, and I’m very grateful that he’s willing to continue his service for the president-elect. But I still believe that civilian control of our military is fundamental to the American democracy.
It’s not OK to grab women without their consent, so why would you want to hold our elected leaders to the lower standard and not the highest standard? We should be holding all our elected leaders to the highest standard. I can’t be a good mother, and I can’t be a good senator if I’m silenced just because he’s my friend.
But this moment of reckoning about our friends and colleagues who have been accused of sexual misconduct is necessary, and it is painful. We must not lose sight that this watershed moment is bigger than any one industry, any one party, or any one person, to achieve lasting change, we will need to fight this everywhere on behalf of everyone by insisting on accountability and working to bring more women into leadership in each industry to fundamentally shift the culture.
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