Trump blasts 'Pocahontas' Elizabeth Warren at rally
Elizabeth Warren, on book tour, blasts Trumps agenda
Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Scott Eisen/Getty Images
When Hillary Clinton arrived for a book signing at the Barnes &NobleinNewYorkCity'sUnionSquareinJune2014,shewasgreetedbyfans,manyofwhomhadsleptoutsidetohavetheformersecretaryofstatesigntheircopyofhermemoir"HardChoices."
"Noneofthiswasinevitable,"Warrensaid."Thiswasnotlikegravity.Thiswasnotcausedbecausesuddenlywehadtechnologicalchange...Thisisnotbecauseofinternationalcompetition.No— this is what the book is about. What happened was a very deliberate effort by corporate CEOs and billionaires who spent billions of dollars in Washington to make government work for themselves."
But while Warren's populist economic message has largely remained consistent throughout much of her public life, she cast much of her vision as a repudiation of the Trump administration's positions on climate change, college affordability, and healthcare.
"President Donald Trump and his Republican buddies are delivering one gut punch after another to hardworking families," Warren said. "And that's why I'm fighting back."
The Massachusetts senator came prepared with several recurring zingers about Trump, whom she repeatedly warned could deliver "the knockout blow" to the American middle class.
She compared him to a "not as cute" version of the dogs distracted by squirrels in the Disney movie "Up!" and promised the audience she wouldn't use "alternative facts." Asked about the president's previous claims of voter fraud, she noted that Trump has previously said the Emmy Awards were rigged against his reality show "The Apprentice."
She mocked Trump for failing to fulfill some of his campaign promises, including reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, which Warren supports, and repealing the Affordable Care Act on "day one," which Warren does not support.
"I watched day one come and go, and Obamacare is still here," Warren said.
Warren's path to the presidency would be far from clear.
Though she has amassed a massive campaign war chest, early polls suggest she faces a tough reelection campaign in her own state. A poll conducted earlier this year showed that 46% of state residents wanted someone new as their senator.
Further, a Morning Consult poll released in February suggested Trump would beat Warren in a theoretical head-to-head matchup if the race were held then, though many Americans acknowledged they still did not know who she was.
While the senator's barbs at Trump garnered laughter and applause throughout the evening, not all of the event's attendees were thrilled about her focus on the president.
Mark, a Queens resident who came to see Warren but did not purchase a copy of her book, said her focus on Trump distracted from economic problems that existed far before his election.
"She should give more detail about how to fix things," he said.
Asked whether he would support a Warren bid, he shrugged.
"I'm on the fence," he replied.
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