Elizabeth Warren’s Defense Of Kirsten Gillibrand Goes All Wrong

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren attempted to defend fellow Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand from President Trump’s criticism Tuesday, but kind of inadvertently called her a “slut” instead.

The well-intentioned tweet quickly went south when Warren incorrectly used the term “slut-shame.”

“Are you really trying to bully, intimidate, and slut-shame Sen. Gillibrand?” Warren tweeted. “Do you know who you’re picking a fight with?”

“Slut shaming” is a term used to refer to criticizing or shaming women who engage in sexually promiscuous behavior. By accusing Trump of slut shaming Gillibrand, Warren is implying that Gillibrand has, in fact, been slutty or promiscuous.

Trump’s tweet said that Gillibrand was “‘begging’ for campaign contributions” and claimed she “would do anything for them.” Democrats took the tweet to be a sexist attack and claimed that Trump was implying Gillibrand would do sexual favors for campaign contributions.

Warren’s use of term implies that Gillibrand did use sex to get campaign contributions, but that she shouldn’t be criticized for doing so.

Some Twitter users pointed out Warren’s awkward mistake.

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