January 21, 2019
The very liberal Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is running for president on a platform that includes empathy for illegal aliens, she told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.
Host Jake Tapper noted that Gillibrand has called Trump’s immigration stance “racist.” Yet in 2008, while campaigning for the U.S. Senate, Gillibrand described herself as a “firm opponent” of “amnesty” for illegal aliens, and she said English should be “the official language of the United States.”
“You called for expediting deportation of undocumented immigrants,” Tapper reminded Gillibrand. “Let me ask you, if Trump’s immigration positions are racist, were they racist when you held some of those positions as well?”
“They certainly weren’t empathetic, and they weren’t kind, and I did not think about suffering in other people’s lives,” Gillibrand responded.
And one thing I did 10 years ago, when I became senator and was going to represent 20 million people across our state, I recognized that a lot of places in my state were different, and I needed to understand what those constituents needed, too. And so I took the time.
I went down to Brooklyn. I met with (Rep.) Nydia Velazquez, who has been a leader fighting for families for a long time. And I listened. And I realized that things I had said were wrong. I was not caring about others. I was not fighting for other people’s kids, the same way I was fighting for my own. And I was wrong to feel that way.
And so I just said, I’m not going to stand by and do nothing for families that are suffering in my state and in my communities.
This article was posted: Monday, January 21, 2019 at 7:00 am