Elizabeth Warren Says She’ll Work with Guy She Called a ‘Wannabe Tyrant’
One by one, after the dust settled after Donald Trump’s seismic upset on Election Night, Democratic leaders lined up and expressed their intent to work with the man they had painted as an authoritarian ascendant; a hair-triggered con with an office in the Kremlin.
Among those is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of Trump’s most outspoken critics throughout the campaign. The progressive Democrat castigated Trump on everything from his business practices to his treatment of women. She called him a “loser,” “wannabe tyrant,” “pathetic coward,” and “two-bit dictator” on Twitter alone, and even clucked like a chicken over his refusal to release his tax returns.
.@RealDonaldTrump is “cool with being called an authoritarian,” isn't upset at Hitler comparisons & thinks we won’t fight back? WRONG!
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) March 21, 2016
In response, Trump has called Warren a “terrible person,” a “terrible human being” and a “terrible senator” as recently as Monday, with a Pocahantas joke for good measure.
This certainly looks like the groundwork for a fruitful working relationship, does it not?
Warren has suggested that she and Trump “put aside our differences” and work together to rebuild the economy for the working-class America.
“When President-Elect Trump wants to take on these issues, when his goal is to increase the economic security of middle class families, then count me in. I will put aside our differences and I will work with him to accomplish that goal,” Warren said in her remarks to the AFL-CIO on Thursday. “I offer to work as hard as I can and to pull as many people as I can into this effort. If Trump is ready to go on rebuilding economic security for millions of Americans, so am I and so are a lot of other people-Democrats and Republicans.”
The extent to which Warren and Trump can work together, however, remains to be seen. On his transition site, greatagain.gov, Trump has already resolved to quash Dodd-Frank banking regulation and replace it with new, vague policies.
“The Dodd-Frank economy does not work for working people. Bureaucratic red tape and Washington mandates are not the answer,” the plan reads. “The Financial Services Policy Implementation team will be working to dismantle the Dodd-Frank Act and replace it with new policies to encourage economic growth and job creation.”
.@realDonaldTrump's econ plan was written by rich corporate insider advisors to make the economy even greater for rich corporate insiders.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) August 8, 2016
Warren said she will fight Trump if his presidency is marked by the same divisive rhetoric that characterized his controversial campaign.
“We will stand up to bigotry. There is no compromise here,” she said. “In all its forms, we will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants, disabled Americans-on anyone. Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever.”