Gillibrand on female 2020 candidates: People will get ‘more comfortable with women as leaders’

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandWarren set to announce plan for universal child care: reports Senate Dems introduce bill to prevent Trump from using disaster funds to build wall Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up MORE (D-N.Y.), one of several women running for president in 2020, said Tuesday that the number of female candidates in the Democratic primary field could help shift perceptions of women in leadership positions.

“I like the fact that we have six women running for president, and I think people will get more and more comfortable with women as leaders,” she said during an interview on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”

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Gillibrand said on MSNBC that women are particularly ready to take on President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE in 2020, asserting that he “doesn’t value women.”

“I think women across America just felt that they had to be heard,” she said, citing the high midterm turnout among female voters and the record number of women elected to Congress, as well as enthusiasm around the 2017 Women’s March.

“Having this whole class of women … holding President Trump accountable is refreshing.”

Gillibrand has focused her early campaign around advocating for women. Earlier Tuesday said she would welcome sitting down with Trump to discuss legislation to provide paid family leave.