Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY. attempted to revive her fighting presidential candidacy in a fiery Fox News town hall in Dubuque, Iowa, by apologizing for the late abortion and becoming known in the National Rifle Association (NRA) as "the worst organization in this country".
At a particularly aggravated moment, Moderator Chris Wallace turned against Gillibrand's attack on Fox News coverage of the Democrats' statements and child molestation legislation: "Instead of talking about Fox News, why not answer Susan's question? " Wallace asked, referring to an audience Gillibrand had interviewed about abortion.
The city hall initially focused on gun violence after 12 people were massacred Friday in a Virginia Beach urban building.
"Americans are torn to shreds by the weapon deaths we've seen year after year, month after month," Gillibrand said. "The most monstrous thing that has happened to our democracy is how much fear, division and hatred were spread, and I think the NRA is the worst organization in this country to do just that therefore, their profits as those of the American people. "
Gillibrand continued to call for universal background checks, a ban on bump stocks, and a federal law against arms trafficking. She also accused the NRA of having a "stranglehold" on members of Congress. (The Trump administration has already banned bump stocks because some conservatives had raised concerns over the constitutionality of the executive power.)
"Stop being committed to NRA like President Trump," Gillibrand said. "The NRA is lying to the American people, it's not about the second amendment, it's about arms sales, it's literally about greed and corruption and making sure the status quo stays the same."
Wallace Then Gillibrand noted that in 2009 he boasted that he had received a 100% "A" rating from the NRA and said that she had two weapons 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 of Representatives.
Gillibrand began rephrasing her policy after her appointment by then-New York Governor David Paterson to vacate the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton in 2009.
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"I came from a district that was really rural, the second addition was important, the hunt was important," Gillibrand replied. "I recognize that people have different communities."
Gillibrand pressed on what had changed when she arrived in the Senate and quickly obtained an "F" rating from the NRB rural district in the hinterland.
Gillibrand also issued a comprehensive endorsement of abortion rights, insisting that "Roe v. Wade would codify it so that it is forever the law of the country "when asked to clarify whether she is late for late-term abortions.
She also suggested that" all-male "legislators lag behind the adoption of a series of lifelong "heartbeat" laws recently passed in the southern states, but Alabama governor Kay Ivey passed the state's restrictive anti-abortion law in May, while the Democrat defended a similar one Several other lawmakers also supported the bill.
At some point, Gillibrand attempted to attack Fox News 'coverage of Democrats' efforts to block child-murder legislation, according to Virginia Democrat Gov. Ralph Northam obviously advocated this practice et.
But Wallace interfered, saying that Gillibrand apparently wanted to improve her credibility among progressives with rude and inappropriate network jolts moderating her for the event. Female, intersectional, driven by our belief in each other. "The tweet scoffed in conservative circles, and Florida Senator Marco Rubio responded," Our future is: AMERICAN. An identity that is not based on gender, race, ethnicity or religion. But on the powerful truth that all men are equal to a God-given right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. "
]" Really good questions, Chris, "Gillibrand responded when she was asked what she was up to said, "What I mean by & # 39; our future is female & # 39; My, is that we want to hear more women's voices. I was so excited about the 2018 election. … Our first two Muslim-American women [elected to Congress]. "
" What about men? "Asked Wallace.
" They are already here. Do not you know? "Gillibrand responded to applause." It should not be inclusive, it should be inclusive. "
" This is very reassuring, "Wallace said.
Gillibrand continued," Intersectional means to me when you are discriminated against in more ways than one. "She cited the example of a black, homosexual woman who is discriminated against because she is black, a woman, and gay.
At the California Democratic Party convention in San Francisco this weekend, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper loud boobs from participants in a viral video moment when he stated, "Socialism is not the answer" to take progressive action and beat Trump.Hickenlooper quickly highlighted the negative reaction on his Twitter account: "I know that this message will not be popular with everyone in our party. But the stakes are too high. We can not hand this election over to Donald Trump. "
Hickenlooper also stated" We should not try to achieve universal coverage by taking out private insurance for 150 million Americans, "and combating climate change should not require" every American one. " Gillibrand refused to fully endorse capitalism or socialism.
"There is great confusion", he said. Gillibrand said, "There is a big difference between capitalism and greed. We know what healthy capitalism looks like. Income inequality has increased in recent decades because today we are more concerned with shareholders than with workers. "
Gillibrand similarly advocated for both sides of the immigration line and said she fully supports border security, but condemned it President Trump's aggressive efforts to enforce illegal immigration, calling it "inhumane." It promised a humane asylum procedure, more funds for border security, and a "comprehensive immigration reform with a path to citizenship" – a high-level legislative goal set in The Senator also implicated the death of several children in Border Patrol custody were the blame of the Trump administration, with no evidence.The advocates have the ability of the border police, the thousands of parents and children in custody long questioned, but there is There is no evidence that ill-treatment in custody by the border police has resulted in death.
Since Gillibrand jumped into the race in January, most national and early polls have jumped by one percent or less. She saw one-time extreme long shots like Buttigieg and entrepreneur Andrew Yang in the polls before her.
Asked how she could compete with front-runner Joe Biden, Gillibrand replied, "This is a marathon, not a sprint … It's still early, I still introduce myself to voters."
In a personal moment Gillibrand defended her decision to demand the overthrow of former Minnesota Democrat Sen. Al Franken, alleging that he had behaved inappropriately and made inappropriate physical contact with women. She described a conversation she had had with her son at the time.
"Theo, it's not right to touch a woman without her consent somewhere on her body … It's not alright for Al Franken and it's not okay for you"
Key Democrat donors have Gillibrand was reportedly sworn after the episode because she had tried to advance her own career at the expense of the party. Left-leaning billionaire George Soros said in an interview with The Washington Post that Gillibrand was the only Democrat he hoped would not win the presidency.
"I will not keep silent," Gillibrand told Wallace. "If a few democratic donors are angry because I've been with eight women … it's up to them."
Wallace countered that Gillibrand could be considered an opportunist, largely because she only said that Bill Clinton should have resigned during the Monica Lewinsky scandal in 2017 – long after Clinton was able to campaign and raise funds for Gillibrand in 2006 and 2009 and after Hillary Clinton lost her presidential bid for 2016.
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"Do we appreciate women?" Gillibrand asked, turning to discuss her general work on women's issues. "What the #Metoo movement has done has given men and women room to speak up and tell their truth."
Gillibrand was the last Democratic White House in 2020, which would hopefully attend a Fox News town hall. Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Julian Castro, former Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, who later served as Secretary for Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama, is in the Office Deck, with a Fox News Town Hall on June 13.
Paul Steinhauser and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.