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Who is Kirsten Gillibrand? New York’s junior senator takes on Trump

If Kirsten Gillibrand wasn’t already a household name, a Twitter war with President Trump earlier this month may have made her one.

It started when the 51-year-old junior senator from New York denounced Trump’s support for Senate candidate Roy Moore as “shameful” and said the president should resign.

Trump lashed back, saying Gillibrand used to come to his office “begging” for campaign contributions and “would do anything” for them.

Calling that a “sexist smear,” she shot back: “You cannot silence me or the millions of women who have gotten off the sidelines to speak out about the unfitness and shame you have brought to the Oval Office.”

In an interview on MSNBC, Gillibrand called Reines’ response “ridiculous.”

“Bill Clinton did very important things for this country,” she said. “But my point is about this conversation we are having today, and that we need to have the highest standards for elected leaders.”

It was her recent fight with Trump on Twitter, though, that brought Gillibrand the most attention.

“Congress should investigate the multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against him,” she wrote, provoking Trump’s fiery response.

It appears she had the final word, at least in this battle.

Her last message — telling the president he could not silence her — was retweeted 150,000 times, more than sixfold as many times as Trump’s.

nina.agrawal@latimes.com

Twitter: @AgrawalNina

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