November of 2020 is just under two years away and the crop of Democratic candidates who will take on President Donald Trump in the 2020 election continues to grow.
Among them is Kirsten Gillibrand. The New York Senator is currently touring the country to speak with voters and potential supporters.
On Tuesday, Senator Gillibrand tweeted an article asserting that—though some might think it’s risky—she’s running “unabashedly as a mom.” She’s likely right about the risk, considering a cultural climate in which the vast majority of male presidential candidates (and subsequent presidents) in the past have had children, but only female candidates have had to grapple with questions pitting parenthood against the presidency.
Some might say that running unabashedly as a mom is risky. Not to me. Parents have skin in the game for the country we leave to our kids—that's why I'm fighting for paid leave, healthcare and climate action. I'll fight for every kid like they're my own. https://t.co/J7pRZqjllM
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) February 19, 2019
However, the President’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., thought the assertion was hogwash. It wasn’t long before he let Gillibrand know.
Said no one ever… if you think running as a parent is edgy delete your account and your campaign. https://t.co/8PmzxR9r4i
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 19, 2019
Don Jr. wasn’t ready for the replies.
The only reason your daddy, @realDonaldTrump knows your name is because it’s his. He also knows @IvankaTrump ‘s but that’s cause he wants to date her. The rest… I wouldn’t be surprised if he couldn’t recognize them out of a lineup, let alone remember their names!
— GringaDiaries (@GringaDiariesNY) February 20, 2019
.@SenGillibrand had a baby while in Congress, working until THE DAY SHE WENT INTO LABOR.
You just abandoned your wife and kids for your mistress who covers you dad.
If anyone needs to delete their account, it's you.
— Victoria Brownworth (@VABVOX) February 20, 2019
Just because you can’t even fake being a good parent doesn’t mean you get to call someone out because they are proud to be a parent. Perhaps you were too busy to raise your kids since you were out trying to land a has been @FoxNews persona who looks more haggard than @AnnCoulter
— Tim_Apple 🍎 (@dfgjrfan88) February 20, 2019
And if you think running, as a parent, away from your children to be with your mistress is edgy, delete your account, @DonaldJTrumpJr. Then smash your phone and spend time with your kids.
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) February 20, 2019
Oh honey, no. You brought up parenting and thought that would go your way.
— Catherine (@catherineshakes) February 20, 2019
But it was Gillibrand’s response that was by far the most effective.