Gillibrand Struggles Explaining How Past Immigration Positions Weren’t “Racist” – NTK Network Gillibrand Struggles Explaining How Past Immigration Positions Weren’t “Racist”

Gillibrand Struggles Explaining How Past Immigration Positions Weren’t “Racist”

"They certainly weren't empathetic, and they were not kind, and I did not think about suffering in other people’s lives.”

By NTK Staff | 01.20.2019 @11:26am

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), a 2020 Democrat presidential hopeful, struggled to explain how her past positions on immigration were not racist during an interview with CNN on Sunday.

CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Gillibrand about a Congressional mailer that she sent out in 2008 in which Gillibrand said she was a “firm opponent of giving amnesty to illegal aliens,” and thought English should be “the official language of the United States.”

“If Trump’s immigration positions are racist, were they racist when you held some of those positions as well?” Tapper asked Gillibrand.

“They certainly weren’t empathetic, and they were not kind, and I did not think about suffering in other people’s lives,” Gillibrand said.

Gillibrand explained that when she became a New York senator she took the time to listen to people who had different viewpoints, and she evolved on these issues because of that.

“I was wrong to feel that way,” Gillibrand added.

Tapper pressed Gillibrand on what the difference was between her previous positions which she called not empathetic and Trump’s current positions which she has called racist.

“So what President Trump is doing is creating fear and division and a darkness across this country that I’ve never seen before,” Gillibrand said. “What President Trump is doing is destroying the moral fabric of what this country stands for.”

“I am nothing like him and never will be because my values haven’t changed,” Gillibrand said.

Sign Up

for NTK updates every week.


View Privacy Policy