Gillibrand: Trump ‘Has Created Division and Hate Throughout Society’

By Melanie Arter | November 16, 2018 | 10:25 AM EST

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) (Screenshot)

( - Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of fomenting hate and division, citing an increase in hate crimes through the state of New York.

“I think we are in a moment in time where our country and our morality as a country is literally on knife’s edge. We have a president who has blurred, even destroyed the lines between right vs. wrong. He has demonized immigrants. He has created division and hate throughout society,” she said during a speech at the National Action Network Conference.

“In New York State, we have more hate crimes than we have ever seen in the history of our state. Racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia. It is horrible, and he has cultivated that hate, and he has spewed that hate, and it is literally ripping this country apart,” Gillibrand said.

The National Action Network was founded by Rev. Al Sharpton.

“And what we have to remember is that this country was founded on some basic moral principles, that we have a moral compass as a nation, and it is the golden rule. We have always believed that we should care about others. We have always believed we should treat others the way we want to be treated. We have always believed we should care about other people’s children as much as we care about our own,” she said.

Gillibrand was one of several Democratic lawmakers to speak at the NAN conference, including Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), who accused the GOP of trying to steal the midterm election.

He said that if Stacey Abrams does not win the Georgia gubernatorial race, the Republicans stole the election.

As previously reported, Brown also accused Trump of racism and anti-Semitism.


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