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

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Ocasio-Cortez speaks about 'justice' at Women's March 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend 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 Margaret CollinsTrump pitches new plan to reopen government amid Dem pushback The Memo: Concern over shutdown grows in Trump World Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new missile defense plan | Dems express alarm | Shutdown hits Day 27 | Trump cancels Pelosi foreign trip | Senators offer bill to prevent NATO withdrawal 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.”