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Gillibrand's 'Brave' Presidential Bid

The Democrat New York senator lays out an extreme leftist platform as she aims to take on Trump.

Thomas Gallatin · Mar. 18, 2019

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) has officially and “bravely” announced her bid to enter the crowded field of Democrat presidential hopefuls. In a two-and-a-half-minute video released Sunday, she referenced the national anthem’s final line about the “home of the brave” to set herself up as the candidate to take on President Donald Trump, whom she accuses of promoting fear. Seeking to further the image of herself as the “brave” anti-Trump candidate, Gillibrand plans to give her first big speech in front of the Trump International Hotel in New York City. So … brave. Never mind the fact Trump currently resides in the White House.

Gillibrand’s platform is a litany of the latest leftist extremism, which includes “universal healthcare, paid family leave for all, end gun violence, pass a Green New Deal, get money out of politics and take back our democracy.” We’re not sure who “took” our democracy, or where it was taken, as the American republic is still (largely) operating under the system established by our Founding Fathers over 200 years ago. But even still, Gillibrand will “take it back.”

Evoking the moon landings, Gillibrand declares that her socialist agenda is entirely doable if we are just “brave” enough to put our minds to it. This is the stuff of fairy tales, not facts, but remember — “we landed on the moon,” so anything is possible. (By the way, on that moon-landing allusion, she probably owes Cory Booker for copyright infringement.) And as for getting money out of politics, it’s ironic that Gillibrand herself doesn’t seem to want to walk the walk, as the first item on her campaign page is an ad asking for donations.

As the sixth woman to enter a crowded Democrat field, Gillibrand is not a particularly unique candidate and she is already well behind in the polls compared to the rest of the field. However, her biggest problem may be answering the charge of flip-flopping. Gillibrand was first elected as a moderate who supported gun rights and opposed illegal immigration. But she has swung to the extreme left, while at the same time claiming that flip-flopping is not “part of my record.” She’s a microcosm of the entire Democrat Party over the last 20 years.

At this point, it’s difficult to see Gillibrand catching up and surpassing the likes of Bernie Sanders, Kamala Harris, or Joe Biden, should he decide to enter, but she will surely be a factor in how the race plays out.

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