Clinton Hosts Warren Following Endorsement, Fueling VP Speculation
Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton met with Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren in Clinton’s D.C. home following the Senator’s full-throated endorsement of Clinton and denouncement of Donald Trump.
“I’m ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become the next president of the United States and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets anyplace close to the White House,” Warren told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.
The endorsement and meeting further fuels speculation that Clinton will tap Warren as her running mate. Warren has been one of the strongest attackers of Trump, using social media for direct assaults on Trump’s character to argue against his candidacy.
If @realDonaldTrump actually believes every stupid lie he reads on the Internet, we’re in for a truckload of trouble if he’s President.
Fling as much mud as you want, @realDonaldTrump. Your words & actions disqualify you from being President – & I won’t stop saying it.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) May 25, 2016
Warren also made a speech shortly before her endorsement of Clinton aired, where she called Trump “a thin-skinned racist bully” and “a loud, nasty thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone and who serves no one but himself.”
She capped off the speech, tying the policies from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to Donald Trump’s behavior.
“Trump isn’t a different kind of candidate. He’s a Mitch McConnell kind of candidate,” she said referring to McConnell tepid endorsement of Trump.
Clinton added to the speculation, publicly calling the Senator “eminently qualified for any role”:
“I think she is an incredible public servant, eminently qualified for any role. I look forward to working with her on behalf of not only the campaign and her very effective critique of Trump, but also on the issues that she and I both care about.”
Warren is a popular liberal firebrand—with a populist appeal not unlike Bernie Sanders—and Clinton tapping Warren would help unite the two factions of the Democratic party that emerged over the course of the primary.
Donald Trump weighed in, calling Warren “Pocahontas,” “Goofy,” and said that he hopes that she’s picked for V.P.
Pocahontas is at it again! Goofy Elizabeth Warren, one of the least productive U.S. Senators, has a nasty mouth. Hope she is V.P. choice.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 10, 2016
Warren was quick to respond, reiterating a tweet made the day before by Hillary Clinton:
No, seriously — Delete your account. https://t.co/O1u7oc0jAR
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) June 10, 2016