Presidential hopeful Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) got awkward last week while preaching at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network’s King Day Public Policy Forum on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
“We will wear the belt of truth because we know the truth,” Gillibrand yelled to the crowd while making awkward gestures. “We speak truth to power. We will put on the bright breastplate of righteousness because we know right from wrong.”
“And we will not forget it,” Gillibrand continued. “We will hold that shield of faith, as Dr. King said, faith is taking the first step, even when you don’t see the whole staircase. So hold on to that faith tightly.”
“We will wield the sword of the spirit, the sword of the spirit is the word of God and the good book promises us the light shines on the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.”
Following her speech, Gillibrand tweeted: “I can’t think a better place to talk about a vision for our country than with one of the greatest advocates and leaders for social justice in the country today. Thank you for your generosity and friendship, @TheRevAl.”
Gillibrand was widely ridiculed on social media over her performance, with many noting how unauthentic she was:
Last week, CNN reported that Gillibrand “[cast] herself as a leading voice for women in national politics. In the announcement of her exploratory committee, Gillibrand put her young family front and center — and noted that she was running to fight for them. Speaking of fighting, her pledge that she is not afraid of Trump could win her some support among Democrats looking for a scrapper. The problem? She has a long voting record in the House that is considerably more conservative than her Senate votes.”
A new poll released last week showed that Gillibrand’s popularity has fallen in her home state to its lowest point in a decade.
“A Quinnipiac University poll of registered New York voters released Tuesday found the Troy Democrat is at her lowest ratings for job approval (46 percent) and favorability (41 percent) in nearly a decade,” The Times Union reported. “Additionally, among potential New Yorkers running for president on the Democratic line, she is the third choice.”
Gillibrand is also taking heat for lying to voters in New York after she promised them that she was going to serve a six-year term in the Senate.
Syracuse.com notes that when they asked Gillibrand on October 22, 2018, if she was going to run for president, she answered: “Nope. I’m running for Senate, and I hope to serve over the next six years.”