By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion
Did you happen to hear where Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand was last week when President Trump posted a tweet about her that the president’s critics labeled “sexually suggestive and demeaning?”
Yep, that’s right: The New York Democrat was at a bipartisan Bible study.
So what are the odds that the New York Times political writers who profiled Gillibrand in Sunday’s newspaper — in a lengthy A-section piece tied to the president’s kerfuffle with the senator — delved into her faith?
Hint: The Times makes passing reference to the aforementioned Bible study.
But any actual consideration of Gillibrand’s faith? Not so much. (Interestingly enough, the profile does point to the senator’s propensity to curse “freely in public venues.”)
In case you somehow missed Trump’s tweet and Gillibrand’s response, here they are:
I first became aware of Gillibrand’s participation in the regular Bible study when I did a Religion News Service profile of Sen. James Lankford earlier this year. I asked the Oklahoma Republican’s team for the names of Democrats involved in the study. They put me in touch with Gillibrand’s office.
I visited with Gillibrand about Lankford and her own faith, and a portion of that interview ended up in my story:
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All of my GetReligion columns (December 2017):