Gillibrand: ‘I Wasn’t In A Place’ To Tell Harasser To ‘Go F**k Himself’

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Monday lamented that she wasn’t always in a position to tell off the men who harassed her over her looks.

In an interview on HuffPost Live, she addressed one particular instance she wrote about in her book in which a labor leader told her what she needed to do in order to get elected to the Senate.

“When I first met you in 2006 you were beautiful, a breath of fresh air. To win, you need to be beautiful again,” he said to her.

Gillibrand said that at the time, she just needed to let it roll of her shoulders and continue to listen to him.

“I’ve just had a baby, I’ve just been appointed, I have a lot to learn, so much on my plate, and this man basically says to me, ‘You’re too fat to be elected statewide. And at that moment, if I could have just disappeared, I would have,” she said on HuffPost Live. “I didn’t hear a word he said, but I wasn’t in a place where I could tell him to go fuck himself.”

She did say that in a separate instance she was able to respond to a colleague who harassed her.

In her book, she wrote that a male member of Congress called her “porky” in the congressional gym.

“Thanks, a—hole,” she retorted.

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