Gillibrand: 'If we're not helping people, we should go the f--k home'

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandOPINION | Hey Dems, Russia won't define 2018, so why not fix your party's problems instead? Dems see huge field emerging to take on Trump LGBT group defends general after transgender comments MORE (D-N.Y.) believes lawmakers should "go the f--k home" if they are not helping the American people.

In an interview with New York magazine published Tuesday, Gillibrand said that her perspective is similar to that of Sen. Susan CollinsSusan CollinsGOP wrestles with soaring deductibles in healthcare bill Sunday shows preview: Scaramucci makes TV debut as new communication chief The GOP Wonder Women who saved healthcare for 22 million MORE (R-Maine), which is that lawmakers are in office "to help people."

“I know Susan’s worldview is similar to my worldview. Which is that we’re here to help people, and if we’re not helping people, we should go the f--k home,” she said.

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Gillibrand praised the Women's March, which mobilized millions of women around the country, calling it "the most inspiring moment of my life — because I believed five years ago that the women’s movement was dead.”

Gillibrand, who has cast the most "no" votes on President Trump's Cabinet nominees, defended her approach, saying she is judging each nomination on its own merits and not based on how she feels about Trump.

“I look at each nominee. If they suck, I vote against them. If they’re worthy, I vote for them," she maintained.

In the piece, Collins praises Gillibrand's ability and work ethic, adding that she would not be surprised to see her run for president.

“It would not surprise me if Kirsten were a candidate for higher office some day,” Collins said.  

“She has enormous ability, she works extremely hard, she’s engaging, she’s young. And don’t take that as an endorsement, or I’ll be in even more trouble than I am now.”