(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump’s tweet that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) “would do anything” for his campaign contributions was not sexual in nature - he’s used the same terminology referring to men, the White House said Tuesday.
"Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office 'begging' for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!" the president tweeted Tuesday.
When asked about the phrase “do anything,” which some, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took as a sexual innuendo, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “I think that the president is very obvious. This is the same sentiment that the president has expressed many times before when he has exposed the corruption of the entire political system.
“In fact, he’s used similar terminology many times when talking about politicians of both parties, both men and women, and certainly in his campaign to drain the swamp. The system is clearly broken. It’s clearly rigged for special interests, and this president is someone that can't be bought, and it’s one of the reasons that he’s president today,” Sanders added.
“So you're saying that this quote -- ‘Senator Gillibrand would do anything’ -- is a reference to campaign contributions in Washington, the swamp? This has nothing to do with her being a female? What is he alleging would happen behind closed doors with her?” a reporter asked.
“He’s not alleging anything. He’s talking about the way that our system functions as it is - that politicians repeatedly beg for money. That's not something new, and that comment, frankly, isn’t something new,” Sanders said
“If you look back at past comments that this president has made, he’s used that same terminology many times in reference to men. There’s no way that this is sexist at all. This is simply talking about a system that we have that is broken, in which special interests control our government,” she said.
“And I don't think that there’s probably many people that are more controlled by political contributions than the senator that the president reference,” the press secretary added.
When asked if Gillibrand is owed an apology for misunderstanding the president’s tweet, Sanders said, “I mean, only if your mind is in the gutter would have read it that way, and -- so, no.”
“No, it's not. What he said was open, and it was not mind in the gutter,” a reporter said.
“He was obviously talking about political partisan games that people often play and the broken system that he's talked about repeatedly. This isn't new. This isn't a new sentiment. This isn't new terminology. He's used it several times before. As I said a few minutes ago, he's used it several times before, referencing men of both parties, in fact, and so I think that there -- if you look back at the past comments he's made, it was very clear what his reference was,” Sanders said.