The 2020 hopeful blamed her ’98 percent white’ congressional district for her previous belief in conservative stances.
In an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) slammed the opinions of her constituents who live outside New York City, calling them “wrong” on immigration and gun rights.
Gilibrand previously received an ‘A’ rating from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and opposed sanctuary cities and amnesty for illegal immigrants.
CBS News‘ Sharyn Alfonsi questioned Gillibrand about her previous support for gun rights, asking “Why the 180?”
“I only had the lens of upstate New York,” she responded, saying her views reflected those of her district. Gillibrand described these views as “wrong.”
“I was embarrassed [by my positions],” she said.
Alfonsi shifted the conversation to immigration, pointing out that the senator held beliefs similar to President Trump on the issue. “Can you understand President Trump’s position on immigration since you were there?” she asked.
“No, I think his positions are racist!” Gillibrand exclaimed.
The CBS reporter listed the positions that Gillibrand held that are now held by the Trump administration, “You were against amnesty, against sanctuary cities, you supported accelerated deportation.”
Gillibrand blamed her positions on the fact that she had to appease a congressional district that was “98 percent white,” a not-so-subtle suggestion that she believed her constituents to be racists. The senator again claimed she was “embarrassed” and “ashamed” of her previous positions.