Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) should name the lawmakers who made inappropriate comments about her weight, Sen. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonDomestic extremists return to the Capitol GOP senator: Buying Treasury bonds 'foolish' amid standoff over debt ceiling, taxes Internal poll shows Barnes with 29-point lead in Wisconsin Democratic Senate primary MORE (R-Wis.) said on Tuesday.
Johnson said members should have a chance to defend themselves, after Gillibrand detailed instances in a forthcoming book where she said some colleagues referred to her as "fat,” "porky” and “chubby.”
"Well, if you are going to throw out accusations, my guess is you probably ought to name names," Johnson said on NewsMax TV. "If you are going to throw around those kind of accusations, you ought to give people a chance to defend themselves."
Johnson said he has never made comments about Gillibrand’s weight, nor has he ever heard a colleague make that type of remark. Still, Johnson said he has no reason to doubt her.