Eric Trump has entered the feud between his father, President Trump, and New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), waving away Gillibrand’s calls for Trump to step down from office amid sexual misconduct allegations by pointing to her persistent attempts to garner campaign contributions from private-sector Trump.
The unflattering depiction of Gillibrand came to light during an interview between Eric Trump and WABC radio’s Rita Cosby, in which the younger Trump corroborated his father’s claims that Gillibrand sang a different tune on the Trump’s when campaign season rolled around.
“I remember Kirsten Gillibrand when she came into his office every three days to ask him for money and ask for major campaign contributions,” he said. “There is no one who wanted to get into his office more than Kirsten Gillibrand.”
The latest feud between Gillibrand and the president began when Trump blasted her on Twitter as 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).”
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 12, 2017
Left-leaning pundits characterized the tweet as sexist and sexually suggestive, but White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders shot that argument down: “I think only if your mind is in the gutter would you have read it that way.”
Now, Eric Trump is suggesting that the outrage from Gillibrand and her Democratic colleagues in Congress is carefully manufactured to undermine the Trump administration’s attempts at tax reform.
“It’s amazing how convenient it is that he’s doing incredibly well there – a minute away from finalizing, maybe the most historic tax cut to our nation and here she is,” he said. “She follows the whole Schumer playbook. Again, it’s a shame, but it’s a distraction. I think we’ve gotten pretty good at tuning out distractions.”