USA Today hits Trump for Gillibrand tweet: He has shown 'he is not fit for office'

The USA Today editorial board slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE for his Tuesday tweet attacking Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandAdvocacy groups decry Trump's 'anti-family policies' ahead of White House summit This bipartisan plan is the most progressive approach to paid parental leave Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' MORE (D-N.Y.), saying it shows Trump “is not fit for office.”

“With his latest tweet, clearly implying that a United States senator would trade sexual favors for campaign cash, President Trump has shown he is not fit for office,” the editorial board wrote. “Rock bottom is no impediment for a president who can always find room for a new low.”

Trump attacked Gillibrand on Twitter on Tuesday just one day after she called for him to resign from the presidency because of the sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him by multiple women.

“Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurf war derails bipartisan push on surprise medical bills Senate confirms Trump's nominee to lead FDA CEO group pushes Trump, Congress on paid family, medical leave MORE and someone who would come to my office “begging” for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump,” Trump tweeted. “Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”

The USA Today editorial board blasted Trump for the tweet, saying he “pours the gasoline of sexist language and lights the match gleefully knowing how it will burst into flame in a country reeling from the #MeToo movement.”

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“A president who would all but call Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand a whore is not fit to clean the toilets in the Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaModerate or left of center — which is better for Democrats in 2020? Obama: Countries facing severe effects of climate change offer 'moral call to rest of the world' Democrats' self-inflicted diversity vulnerability MORE Presidential Library or to shine the shoes of George W. Bush,” the editorial board wrote.

The USA Today editorial also labeled Trump as “uniquely awful.”

“His sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on common values and the consent of the governed,” the editorial board said.

Gillibrand quickly fired back at Trump after his tweet, saying “you cannot silence me." 

Other Democrats blasted Trump for the tweet, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump executive order aimed at combating anti-Semitism stirs up controversy Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute MORE (D-Mass.), who accused Trump of trying to “bully, intimidate and slut-shame” Gillibrand.

The White House on Tuesday denied that Trump’s tweet was a sexist attack on Gillibrand.

"I think only if your mind is in the gutter you would have read it that way,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

Gillibrand, who is seen as potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, has been a voice against sexual harassment for years and made a name for herself in the Senate by pushing for reforms to how the military handles sexual misconduct cases.