Elizabeth Warren went nuclear in her Twitter beef with Donald Trump, tearing apart the real estate mogul in a series of tweets aimed at his insecurity, his policies, and his attacks on her heritage.
The barrage of tweets came two days after Warren blasted Trump on Facebook when he became the presumptive Republican candidate, calling him dangerous and saying he based his campaign on racism and xenophobia.
It took Trump until Friday night to respond with a series of tweets calling Warren “goofy” and reviving the issue of Warren’s past claims to have Cherokee ancestry. This issue was raised during her successful 2012 Senate run, and Trump zeroed in on it again.
Elizabeth Warren was quick to respond, going on a barrage against Donald Trump for his “weak” insults.
Warren also equated Donald Trump’s questioning of her heritage with his past obsession with Barack Obama’s birth certificate. During his flirtation with running for president in 2011, Trump hounded Obama to release his long form birth certificate and prove that he was born in the United States. Many critics saw his attacks — and the entire birther movement — as thinly-veiled racism against Obama.
Elizabeth Warren went on to call out Donald Trump’s political style, calling him a “bully.”
The feud between Warren and Trump started two days before, when Warren blasted Trump’s “toxic stew of hatred and insecurity” and said this year’s election would be a test for Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike.
She wrote on Facebook that Trump had built his campaign on”racism, sexism and xenophobia,” noting that there is more enthusiasm for his campaign among KKK leaders than there is within his own party. She called out Donald Trump on a number of other fronts, including his praise of Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his attacks on the service of John McCain.
Warren called out Trump’s rhetoric on foreign policy, including his pledge to bring back torture and to target the family members of terrorists.
“[Trump] puts our service members at risk by cheerleading illegal torture. In a world with ISIS militants and leaders like North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un conducting nuclear tests, he surrounds himself with a foreign policy team that has been called a ‘collection of charlatans,’ and puts out contradictory and nonsensical national security ideas one expert recently called ‘incoherent’ and ‘truly bizarre.'”
The attacks from Warren came amid a series of other slams against Trump, some from within his own party. While Trump’s victory in the Indiana primary this week and the dropping out of his remaining opponents brought some Republicans back on board — and garnered Trump endorsements from a number of big GOP players, including Reince Priebus and Dick Cheney — he was also attacked by some members of his party. Senator Lindsey Graham said he would not be voting for Trump this fall, and House Speaker Paul Ryan said Trump still had work to do in unifying the party before he could endorse him.
While Elizabeth Warren has played her cards close to the chest this election season — refusing to endorse either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders despite some heavy pressure from Sanders supporters — she has emerged as one of the Democratic Party’s most active surrogates in the coming fight against Donald Trump. And Warren hinted that she’s not done with Trump, saying at the end of Friday’s rant that “you can beat a bully — not by tucking tail and running, but by holding your ground,” and telling Trump that “we won’t back down.”
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