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Gillibrand Endures Hour-Long Town Hall Dredging Up Her Flip-Flops & Hypocrisies

On the Second Amendment and immigration, Gillibrand now says she is “ashamed” of her previous positions, which she said were “wrong.”

By NTK Staff | 04.10.2019 @11:30am
Gillibrand Endures Hour-Long Town Hall Dredging Up Her Flip-Flops & Hypocrisies

CNN hosted an hour-long town hall Tuesday night featuring 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Though there is still plenty of time until primary voters hit the polls, the New York senator is in desperate need of a campaign turnaround. Frequently appearing in the zero- to one-percent range in polls, Gillibrand is trying to find her lane in an increasingly crowded primary field.

Tuesday’s town hall was an opportunity for Gillibrand to break from the pack and chart her own course. Unfortunately for her, she spent a large portion of the evening addressing voters’ concerns about her previously held positions on a few issues, namely Second Amendment rights and immigration.

Prior to becoming senator, Gillibrand represented a fairly conservative congressional district in upstate New York. Here’s how she sounded back then:

Gillibrand opposed “amnesty for illegal immigrants,” voted to increase Immigration and Customs Enforcement funding and backed calls for English to be the official U.S. language.

Gillibrand once kept 2 guns under her bed. “If I want to protect my family, if I want to have a weapon in the home, that should be my right,” she said in 2009.

On immigration, the New York Democrat claimed she was always in support of comprehensive immigration reform, but admitted to feeling “ashamed” that she didn’t speak up about it when she was a congresswoman. While Gillibrand’s attempt at contrition may have won over some voters, her explanation does not jibe with her record.

But at another point, Gillibrand offered what is a much more likely explanation for her sudden transformation on these issues: “When I was a member of Congress from upstate New York, I was really focused on the priorities of my district,” she said. “When I became senator of the entire state, I recognized that some of my views really did need to change.”

Political expediency is second-nature to many politicians, and Gillibrand is no exception. Whether Democrat voters are willing to forgive her past positions is another question. And so far, there’s no evidence that shows they’re at all interested in that.

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