New Yorkers are known for their blunt language and no-nonsense swagger. They “call ‘em like they see ‘em,” and are not afraid of some colorful talk. Just look at how New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand expressed her frustration with Washington Politics on Friday.
“If we are not helping people, we should go the f— home,” the New York Democrat declared in a speech to activists. “And that should be our North Star,” she added. “That should be our framing principle of what we are doing in public service.”
When a politician drops the “F” bomb in a planned public speech, you know things are at a boiling point on Capitol Hill. The 50-year-old New Yorker, who is the mother of two young children, is known for some coarse language. She cursed several times in her 2014 book and used the f-word in a recent magazine interview. She must be confident that it will be endearing with her beloved New Yorkers. She is not only up for reelection next year, but is also one of the names being thrown around among the Democratic leadership for a possible run for president in 2020.
Gillibrand’s tough talk elicited cheers and applause from the crowd gathered for the Personal Democracy Forum, an NYC conference of political activists and tech enthusiasts. At this event, she went after President Donald Trump for failing to follow through on promises to improve health care and to overhaul the tax system for middle-class families.
These failures obviously caused some fiery passion, “Has he kept any of his promises?” she asked. “No. F— no,” she said like a New Yorker.
What do you think about a U.S. senator using such salty language in a planned public speech? We look forward to hearing your comments.