Donald Trump’s tweets targeting New York politicians

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Then President-Elect Donald Trump during a "Thank You Tour" rally.

Donald Trump’s tweets targeting New York politicians

Donald Trump’s tweets about New York politicians
December 12, 2017

On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted that U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was a “lightweight” who had asked for campaign contributions, “and would do anything for them.” Gillibrand, who responded that Trump “cannot silence me,” isn’t the only New York politician who has been the target of Twitter ire from @realDonaldTrump. Here’s a look back at the New Yorkers that Trump has praised and criticized via Twitter.

This is not a comprehensive list of all the tweets the president has sent regarding New York politicians, but a selection of the most newsworthy tweets.

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

On Monday, Gillibrand called for Trump to step down due to allegations of sexual misconduct against him. The president fired back on Tuesday with this suggestive tweet, insulting her using gendered language. He also indirectly referred to another New York politician in the tweet today – Hillary Clinton, whom he calls “Crooked”:

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer

Trump has often tweeted about Schumer, the senior senator from New York, since he was elected president. Shortly after the 2016 election, he praised Schumer:

Shortly after his inauguration, however, the president’s tone toward his fellow New Yorker changed. Below is a tweet criticizing Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi after they held a rally to oppose Trump’s initial executive order barring immigration from majority-Muslim countries:

After a terrorist attack in New York City on Halloween, Trump criticized Schumer for voting to approve the program that allowed the perpetrator into the country, although the Senate minority leader later voted to repeal that measure:

After this tweet below, Schumer and Pelosi chose not to meet with Trump to discuss a deal on funding the government:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Trump has not often tweeted about Cuomo, although he did flirt with challenging Cuomo in 2013:

Trump supported Republican candidate Rob Astorino in his 2014 bid against Cuomo, but did not show much confidence in his campaign:

Trump later confirmed that he would not challenge Cuomo:

Trump mentioned this year that he spoke with Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio – rarely a target of the president’s tweets – after the Halloween terrorist attack:

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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman

Trump has an ongoing feud with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, ever since Schneiderman sued the Trump Organization for fraudulent business practices by Trump University in 2013. Between August 24 of that year, when Schneiderman filed the suit, and August 27, Trump tweeted 22 times about the attorney general:

Gillibrand isn’t the only New Yorker whom Trump has called a “lightweight”:

In 2016, Schneiderman and the Trump Organization reached a settlement agreement in the Trump University lawsuit for $25 million.

Trump would occasionally drag Cuomo into his feud with Schneiderman:

Trump criticized Schneiderman while weighing in on the arrest of former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver in 2015:

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

In 2012, Trump was complimentary of Bloomberg:

However, that changed after Bloomberg made a speech at the Democratic National Convention calling Trump a “con”:

Former Gov. George Pataki

Trump has also criticized Pataki, who had a short-lived campaign for the presidential nomination:

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner

Trump was disdainful of Anthony Weiner during Weiners mayoral bid and of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s run to become city comptroller in 2013, due to their respective sexual misconduct scandals:

Trump has not tweeted about Weiner since the former congressman was convicted for sexting an underage girl and sent to prison, but this succinct tweet from 2013 summarizes any situation involving Weiner:

Grace Segers
is City & State’s digital reporter. She writes daily content on New York City and New York state politics.