7 Things We Learned From Kirsten Gillibrand’s Fox Town Hall

7 Things We Learned From Kirsten Gillibrand’s Fox Town Hall

Democrat presidential hopeful Kirsten Gillibrand appeared in a Fox News Town Hall on June 2 in Dubuque, Iowa. Gillibrand believes her success in red, blue, and purple districts sets her apart from the competition — although recent poll numbers suggest otherwise.

Perhaps unraveling Gillibrand’s town hall will explain her low polling numbers.

1. The NRA Wants To Sell Guns to Terrorists

When asked about gun violence, given the recent shootings in Virginia Beach, Gillibrand said, “the NRA is the worst organization in this country.” She then implied the NRA is okay with selling guns to terrorists: “They care more about their profits than the American people, they care more about selling guns to someone on the terror watch list or with a grave mental illness or who has a violent criminal background.”

Gillibrand then laid out a three-step plan for reducing gun violence, including: universal background checks; banning bump-stocks, assault rifles, and military-style weapons; and creating federal anti-trafficking laws. None of these steps could have prevented the Virginia Beach shooting. Yet Gillibrand apparently considers the NRA to be the main problem with guns in America.

2. Fox News Shouldn’t Report on Democratic Pols’ Support for Infanticide

With plummeting polling numbers, it’s no surprise the mainstream media has given little coverage to Gillibrand’s campaign. Yet, when given the opportunity to discuss her platform on Fox News, she decided to bash the very network that gave her coverage.

Gillibrand told the moderator, Chris Wallace, that Fox News was the problem with infanticide. No, killing babies up to the moment they are born is not the problem; instead Fox News’ six and a half hours of coverage on the issue is.

3. Blame President Trump for Pro-Life State Bills

According to Gillibrand, it was not the fault of state legislators in Georgia, Alabama, and the many other states passing pro-life legislation that abortion is restrictive. To Gillibrand, it is President Trump emboldening 30 legislatures to create and pass this legislation.

Gillibrand promised she would repeal the Hyde Amendment, which bars taxpayers from paying for some abortions, and would make sure that everyone has access to abortion regardless of which state they reside in. Because who cares about federalism when you’re President Gillibrand?

4. Gillibrand Would Only Appoint Pro-Abortion Judges

Gillibrand told the audience she would only appoint judges that plan to uphold Roe v. Wade. Not only that, but a hopeful Gillibrand plans to codify Roe v. Wade in law. To her, deciding whether to terminate a pregnancy is a decision that no one else should make but you, the federal government, and the pro-abortion judges she’ll appoint.

5. A Mini-Lesson in Intersectionality

Not only did viewers get to learn about the Gillibrand campaign, they also got a lesson on a radical new word: “intersectional.” That is really just a fancy word for not being a white male. If you are say, a black, gay woman (Gillibrand’s example), then you have less “privilege” and have theoretically been oppressed more than a straight, white woman. Because obviously the color of your skin and sexual proclivities are the only things politicians should use to understand who you are as a person.

6. Border Security Isn’t Important

“Seven kids have died under President Trump,” Gillibrand said. Let’s give her a round of applause, folks, that’s a good talking point for those who don’t follow the news religiously.

President Trump is not to blame for the unfortunate deaths of border-crossing children who are sick when they arrive illegally. But Gillibrand claims kids will stop dying on day one that she’s in office. She’s running for president and she’s a magician. Wow!

Not to make light out of these tragic losses, but Gillibrand cannot miraculously get rid of fevers. Border security is a comprehensive issue that cannot be satisfied by defunding any aspect of a Department of Homeland Security that “locks kids up.” It’s also not fair to blame President Trump for foreign families’ decisions to put their children on a dangerous journey to use them as “Get into the USA free” cards.

7. Gillibrand Gives Qualified Support to Capitalism

It’s tough to see the good in a candidate the veers so far from proven policies. However, Gillibrand did voice support for capitalism, which is increasingly rare in the Democratic Party.

When asked if she believed that capitalism has been the greatest force for creating equality in the world, Gillibrand responded promptly, “Yes!” She continued to outline the difference between capitalism and greed, saying that when capitalism is done correctly it’s great. Gillibrand’s messaging for economic prosperity was to keep capitalism, but to fight against companies that are corrupting capitalism by putting profits over people.

To watch the town hall, click here.

Chrissy Clark is a staff writer at The Federalist. Follow her on social media @chrissyclark_ or contact her at [email protected]
Photo Kirsten Gillibrand
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