New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand drew laughter from the audience and praise on social media for a debate line about taking “Clorox” to the Oval Office as her first official act. However, other Twitter users were quick to ruthlessly mock the Democratic 2020 presidential candidate for the irony and hypocrisy behind her comment.
“So, the first thing that I’m going to do when I’m president is I’m going to Clorox the Oval Office,” Gillibrand told CNN’s Dana Bash, responding to a Wednesday night Democratic debate question about the Green New Deal.
— CNN (@CNN) August 1, 2019
There were plenty who agreed with the audience:
Okay that Gillibrand line about using Clorox to clean the Oval Office was funny.
— Daniel W. Drezner (@dandrezner) August 1, 2019
“The first thing I am going to do when I am president is Clorox the Oval Office.”
One of best lines of night so far. ????
— Amy Siskind ????️???? (@Amy_Siskind) August 1, 2019
Kirsten Gillibrand: “I’m going to Clorox the oval office.” Best burn on Donald Trump I’ve heard yet.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) August 1, 2019
Meanwhile, Daily Wire editor Ashe Schow noted the hypocrisy of the comment, particularly given two of Gillibrand’s past associations:
Kirsten Gillibrand: “The first thing I would do is Clorox the Oval Office.”
Also Gillibrand: pic.twitter.com/XgsItyXx0W
— Ashe Schow (@AsheSchow) August 1, 2019
Gillibrand says she will Clorox the Oval Office. Where was she was Bill Clinton left office? Oh, using him and Hillary to fundraise and win elections.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) August 1, 2019
“The first thing I’m gonna do when I’m president is Clorox the Oval Office.” -Gillibrand
Bill left office a while ago, Kirsten. #DemDebate
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) August 1, 2019
Some pointed out the irony of what would be champion-of-women Gillibrand’s first official act:
Kirsten Gillibrand is going to Clorox the oval office… because she knows a woman’s place is cleaning. #DemDebate
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 1, 2019
If Kirsten Gillibrand is elected, she promises the first female president’s first act would be… cleaning?
— Emily Jashinsky (@emilyjashinsky) August 1, 2019
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) August 1, 2019
More mockery ensued. Here’s a sampling:
“The first thing I’m going to do when I’m president is Clorox the Oval Office,” says Kirsten Gillibrand, apparently living in the year 2000.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 1, 2019
Note to Gillibrand: All good greenies, and progressives, know that Clorox (bleach) is bad for the environment. Please scour the Oval Office with something natural. #DemDebate
— Kimberley Strassel (@KimStrassel) August 1, 2019
Gillibrand to self: This is the moment for the Clorox line. Then, I’ll move on to an insane anecdote, featuring the word “robust.” She’s the worst.
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) August 1, 2019