Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, speaking on a trump-branded high-rise in Manhattan on Sunday, launched a frontal attack on President Trump, calling him "coward" and bearing his name "a shrine to greed, division and vanity. "
The speech by Ms. Gillibrand, part of what her campaign billed as the official kickoff of a 2020 bid that has been unofficially since underway since January, appeared to be a calculated effort to elevate a candidate who has
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In a 30-minute speech, Ms. Gillibrand called for the full report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to be made public, saying, "Not even the president is above the law."
"It is not often that I agree with Richard Nixon, but he was right to say that the American Ms. Gillibrand declared to cheers.
Ms. Gillibrand mocked the president and former real estate developer's penchant for slapping his name on buildings. "He does this because he wants you to believe he's strong," she said. "He is not. Our president is a coward. "
The crowd on a closed-off Central Park West was small compared with those drawn by their rivals over the weekend from their home turf. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont attracts 10,000 people in Los Angeles, in the home state of Senator Kamala Harris. Ms. Harris, for her part, what's campaigning in Houston, the home state of former Representative Beto O'Rourke, at a rally that drew several thousand.
Daniel Cueto, a 22-year-old student at New York University, attended Ms. Gillibrand's event after going to Mr. Sanders's kickoff speech in Brooklyn earlier this month. "Bernie was more than 15,000," he said. "This is not."
A former intern in Ms. Gillibrand's office, Mr. Cueto called her a more moderate Democrat and said he was "generally more supportive of candidates further." to the left. "
Ms. Mr. Trump's nominees more than any other senator, outlining a progressive agenda that includes "Medicare for all," universal prekindergarten, a national paid-leave program, cutting the interest rates on student debt and addressing "Institutional racism."
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"This is the first time in history we've seen on a feminist platform," said Chloe Dervin, a student at nearby John Jay College of Criminal Justice, studying political science and gender studies.
Katherine Scheirman, a 69-year-old retired air force colonel, said she was there because of Ms. Gillibrand's leading role fighting the epidemic of sexual assault in the military. "That took courage," she said. "And she was right."
Ms Gillibrand drawing around 1 percent support.
"I never backed down from a fight," Ms. Gillibrand said on Sunday. "And I'm not about to start now."