2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D) New York, presidential candidate
"This president has has tried to reduce America to its smallest self by attacking the values and institutions of our democracy and turning our most cherished principles inside out -- rooting for bigotry and discrimination and violence closing our dark doors to immigrants and refugees, taking from the many to line the pockets of the few. President Trump is tearing apart the moral fabric of this country. He demonizes the vulnerable and he punches down. He puts his name in bold on every building. He does this because he wants you to believe he is strong. He is not. Our President is a coward. And that is not what we deserve. That is not what you deserve. We deserve a president who is brave, a president who will walk through fire to do what is right. We deserve a president who inspires us to stand for something greater than ourselves. Look up at that tower, a shrine to greed, division and vanity. Now, look around you. The greater strength by far is ours."
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4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, (D) New York, presidential candidate
"Americans are making a choice -- a choice to resist the backward pull of this administration and pushing us toward a better future. And it's brave choices like yours that have inspired me to take on the fights that others won't. It's because of you that I've chosen to be brave, too. Because the people of this country deserve a president worthy of your bravery, a president who not only sets an example, but follows yours. Your bravery inspires me every day. And that is why I am running for president of the United States."
Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand is calling President Donald Trump a "coward" who "punches down" and says that he is "tearing apart the moral fabric of our country."
Gillibrand officially kicked off her presidential run on Sunday, standing in front of one of his signature New York properties.
In what her campaign is calling Gillibrand's first major speech as a presidential candidate, the New York senator said the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Manhattan is "a shrine to greed, division and vanity."
Gillibrand is trying to position herself in the crowded field of Democrats seeking the party's nomination. While some hopefuls have shied away from mentioning Trump, Gillibrand has not hesitated to do so.
"He demonizes the vulnerable and he punches down. He puts his name in bold on every building," Gillibrand says in the prepared remarks. "He does all of this because he wants you to believe he is strong. He is not. Our president is a coward."
Gillibrand's speech comes as the nation awaits the key findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, which has loomed over Trump's presidency.
Attorney General William Barr is preparing to release the investigation's "principal findings" to Congress on Sunday.
Gillibrand has said that Mueller's report should be made public quickly and that, regardless of what the report says, it's clear that Trump has undermined American democracy.
The speech in front of the Trump International Hotel & Tower appears to be a re-launch of Gillibrand's campaign.
She announced last January that she was exploring a run, then spent months traveling the country campaigning and raising money.
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