In one of her first rallies as a New York gubernatorial candidate, former “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon spoke up for “New York values” and mocked President Donald Trump as “that sad little miserable man.”
In a speech to supporters at New York City’s Stonewall Inn Wednesday night, Nixon credited Trump for making her candidacy more urgent than ever.
“Seventy percent of the people incarcerated in this state are simply awaiting trial and unable to make bail. Those are not New York values and we can’t accept them,” said Nixon. “Particularly at this moment when we have that sad little miserable man in the White House.”
The remark was met with wild applause from the friendly audience at the iconic LGBT bar.
Nixon also had sharp words for former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who attacked Nixon as an “unqualified lesbian” earlier this week. Quinn, who like Nixon is also an out lesbian, is a close ally to the state’s sitting Democratic governor, Andrew Cuomo.
“One of Cuomo’s top surrogates dismissed me as an ‘unqualified lesbian,'” Nixon said Nixon to more cheers from her supporters. “I don’t have my certificate from the Department of Lesbian Affairs, but in my defense there is a lot of paperwork involved.”
“…one of Cuomo’s top surrogates dismissed me as an “unqualified lesbian.” It’s true that I never received my certificate from the Department of Lesbian Affairs, though in my defense there’s a lot of paperwork required.” -@CynthiaNixon pic.twitter.com/SsniDUIF75
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Quinn swiftly walked back the remarks on Wednesday in an (almost) apology on Twitter.
“Cynthia Nixon’s identity has no bearing on her gubernatorial candidacy and it was not my intention to suggest it did. I want to be clear about that. I would never, ever, criticize someone because of their identity,” said Quinn, who lost a 2013 bid to be NYC mayor to fellow Democrat Bill DeBlasio.
“I was attempting to make a comparison between the two of us,” she said. “The real point I am trying to make is that qualifications matter and records matter. I do not believe she has the qualifications or the record.”
After publicly toying with the idea for several weeks, Nixon on Monday officially announced her plan to challenge Cuomo in the Democratic primary.
Her Wednesday speech was not the first time Nixon has criticized Trump. But the “Sex and the City” actress does have at least a passing familiarity with the reality-star president, who personally handed her her first Emmy back in 2004.
You can watch a recording of Nixon’s full remarks at Stonewall below.