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‘I would rather not’: Republicans refuse to look at Trump’s tweet to avoid comment on Gillibrand attack

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Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

At least two Republican senators refused to look at President Donald Trump’s sexually insulting tweet against Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to avoid commenting.

A pack of Democrats denounced the president’s tweet, which suggested the senator “would do anything” for a campaign donation from him, but Republicans tried to avoid the controversy.

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Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) was asked to comment by Huffington Post politics reporter Igor Bobic, but she begged off.

“I’m sorry I don’t follow his Twitter,” she said, according to Bobic — who offered to show her the tweet.

Ernst flatly declined, saying, “No, I would rather not. Thank you.”

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Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), who has blasted Trump as a liar who is “debasing” the office, also tried to ignore the tweet, according to NBC News congressional reporter Frank Thorp V.

“I don’t know that I want you to show it to me, I can’t respond if I don’t know anything about it,” Corker said, according to Thorp.

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Thorp also asked Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) to comment on the president’s attack on her Democratic colleague, but she declined.

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“I don’t want to get in the middle of the President’s tweets, we’ve got so much going on and this is what everybody is distracted by,” Murkowski said, according to Thorp.


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