On Martin Luther King Day, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., introduced her presidential campaign as a spiritual fight against "darkness," BuzzFeed News reported.
Gillibrand, speaking at National Action Network's House of Justice, said she is running for president because "as a person of faith," she cannot "cannot sit idly by and not fight for your children as hard as I fight for my own in a time such as this," the news outlet reported.
Afterward, she elaborated on the theme.
"I believe that only light can drive out darkness," she told BuzzFeed News. "This was a call to action to ask Americans to fight for what they believe in and for their democracy. Because what President [Donald] Trump has spewed is deeply dark and deeply troubling, and it's the kind of hate and division that I think we have to fight against."
Gillibrand also said during her speech she believes "we are all being called right now to fight for our great nation," according to BuzzFeed News.
"Only what's right can defeat what's wrong, and I feel very called at this moment to make that difference, to help people, to listen to people, and to help them," she added.
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