For a first-term senator, Elizabeth Warren has a high profile. She was rumored to be in the running for now-Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential pick, and before that, many liberals and progressives who desperately want to see reform of the financial industry wondered publicly if she could be enticed into running for president. That was before Bernie Sanders announced his candidacy and pushed the issue to the fore in the Democratic race, along with others like a higher minimum wage and free college education.
When people were writing think pieces about whether or not she’d take a stab at the Oval Office, Warren seemed decidedly uninterested in running for president. She apparently prefers to stick to a slightly smaller venue where she can fight the battles she deems most important without worrying about courting the support of voters across the country. And TBH, it’s hard to argue with a strategy like that.
In recent months, Warren has turned her forceful rhetoric on the man who’s become the Republican nominee for president: Donald Trump. He clearly has significant support from Republican voters — he didn’t get 14 million primary votes from nowhere — but many people have argued Trump built his campaign on a foundation of fear and bigotry. And it’s a view that many people who didn’t vote for him seem to share. Elizabeth Warren is one of the people who’s articulated that view, and she’s done so in some of the most OMG-worthy tweets of the election cycle, often leaving Trump, who had a comeback for everyone during the Republican primaries, with the online equivalent of his mouth hanging open.
Ouch. She is not mincing words, which makes Trump’s next tweet seem a little… anemic. In response, it seems all Trump could come up with was calling her “goofy:”
The two have continued this back-and-forth over the past few months and have settled on a few key points to hit each other with. Trump’s talking points have been the “goofy” thing and Warren’s unproven (though also not disproven) claim, which came up during her senate race, of having Native American heritage. In true Trump fashion, he is NOT subtle in his tweets.
Warren, meanwhile, has poked at Trump’s campaign tactics and at his temperament. She’s also painted his business experience, which he uses as a strength in his bid for the presidency, as a reason he’s actually bad for American working-class voters. Here’s a perfect example:
This election is historic for so many reasons, and the way it’s being played out on Twitter is almost a mere side note. But one thing’s for sure: It isn’t boring.
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