Hillary Clinton Piggybacks on Elizabeth Warren’s Trump Tirade
Following Donald Trump’s decisive win in Indiana and Ted Cruz’s campaign exit, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren took to Twitter, going after the Republican presumptive nominee with a flurry of tweets.
The Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, the next day, tied herself to Warren’s comments, retweeting one of them, along with other anti-Trump tweets in a preview of what’s in store for the general election.
In one particularly biting tweet, Warren said she will “fight my heart out to make sure@realDonaldTrump‘s toxic stew of hatred & insecurity never reaches the White House.”
I’m going to fight my heart out to make sure @realDonaldTrump‘s toxic stew of hatred & insecurity never reaches the White House.
Warren also linked Trump to the support of the KKK—a group that recently came out in support of the Republican frontrunner.
There’s more enthusiasm for @realDonaldTrump among leaders of the KKK than leaders of the political party he now controls.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) May 4, 2016
Warren is one of the names being thrown around for a potential vice president nod—especially after Clinton said she would consider a woman for the position.
Clinton could benefit from Warren’s populist appeal to win back the favor of Bernie Sanders supporters in the general election.
However, that theory has some caveats, as outlined by The Washington Post.
For one—Warren hasn’t endorsed Clinton—the only female senator to not do so. Not only has she not endorsed the Democratic frontrunner, but she’s been in conflict with Clinton, dinging the former Secretary of State for taking campaign contributions from the banking industry.
The report by The Post points to a divide in the Democratic primary, splitting the candidates between those that believe Wall Street needs to be regulated but is not evil, and those who believe that Wall Street needs to be overhauled because it’s evil.
Clinton sides with the former, endorsing more incremental reforms, whereas Sanders and Warren side with the latter more radical reforms.
However, Wall Street is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to natural conflicts between Clinton and Warren. The two approach liberalism from separate vantage points—similar to the differences between Sanders and Clinton—and the result shows “very little warmth” between the two, according to the Washington Post.
“Clinton views Warren as someone able to embrace a Manichean view of Wall Street (and the world) because she has the luxury of not needing to ever really deal with people who feel differently. (Massachusetts, particularly at the federal level, is effectively a one-party state.) Warren views Clinton in much the same light that Sanders has cast the former secretary of state in this campaign: prone to deal-making and insufficiently committed to core liberal principles,” the Washington Post stated.
Make no mistake—Clinton and Warren are on the same side when it comes to Trump and the Republicans, and Warren’s star power amongst populists would bolster Clinton’s appeal with those groups—however, it’s unlikely she’ll pick Warren as her running mate.