Democratic New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand talked tough on sexual harassment on ABC’s “The View” Monday — until she was asked about her old friends Bill and Hillary Clinton.
During the interview, Gillibrand called out President Donald Trump and former Democratic Sen. Al Franken for their sexual harassment allegations.
“He should resign because of that, he should be held accountable,” Gillibrand said of the allegations against Trump. “I haven’t heard that from any Republicans and they won’t hold him accountable.”
Regarding Franken, Gillibrand said, “It was really hard and really heartbreaking–he’s entitled to a hearing but he’s not entitled to my silence.”
“It is not okay to grab women without their consent, so why would you want to hold our elected leaders to the lowest standard?” she asked.
However, Gillibrand’s no-nonsense tone changed really quickly when she was asked about Hillary Clinton’s refusal to fire a 2008 presidential campaign aide who was accused of harassment. (RELATED: Report: Hillary Clinton Shielded An Accused Sexual Harasser On Her Campaign)
“As you know, I think these things have to be dealt with whether you’re a Democrat, you’re a Republican, you need transparency, you need accountability,” she said. “But in that case I don’t know all the details.”
“The View” co-host Meghan McCain also asked Gillibrand to answer for the fact that she used to campaign with former President Bill Clinton even though he was accused of harassment and rape by several women.
“I think this moment of time that we’re in is very different,” Gillibrand claimed. “I think all of us, many of us, did not have that same lens–myself included–and there is a moment in time where we can actually do the right thing.”
“Do you regret campaigning with him though?” McCain pressed.
“It’s not about any one president,” Gillibrand responded.