Right now, it looks like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D- MA) is going to be the lead attack dog against Donald Trump in the general election. Following up an epic tweetstorm earlier this month where she laid into the so-called billionaire after he essentially secured the GOP nomination, Warren targeted him once more, this time in a speech at the Center for Popular Democracy.
While Trump was at a New Mexico rally dealing with protesters and talking shit about the state’s Republican Governor because she won’t endorse him, Warren was busy exposing Trump’s predatory business practices and coziness to Wall Street. Taking a cue from Hillary Clinton, who highlighted a 2006 Trump interview in which the ex-Apprentice host said he was excited about the housing bubble bursting, the progressive lawmaker lambasted Trump for his heartless greed.
“Donald Trump was drooling at the idea of a housing melt down because it meant he could buy more property on the cheap. What kind of a man does that? What kind of a man roots for people to get thrown out of their house? What kind of a man roots for people to get thrown out of their jobs? To root for people to lose their pensions?
What kind of man does that? I will tell you exactly the kind of man. It is a man that cares about no one but himself. A small, insecure money-grubber who doesn’t care who gets hurt so long as he makes a profit off it.
What kind of a man does that? A man that will never be the president of the United States.”
She also criticized the Orange One for pretending to be ‘tough’ on bankers and Wall Street while simultaneously saying he’d repeal Dodd-Frank. As she rightly noted, it appears he has a soft spot for the financial sector and will be just another crony in their pocket.
“Sometimes Trump claims he is tough on Wall Street, but now he is singing a very different song, he is saying that the new Dodd-Frank regulations, and I’m going to quote here, ‘made it impossible for bankers to function’ and he will put out a new plan soon that will be close to dismantling it.
Donald Trump is worried about helping poor little Wall Street. Let me find the world’s smallest violin to play a sad sad song.
Can Donald Trump even name three things about Dodd-Frank? Someone should ask.”
I think we ALL know that Trump has no idea what’s in Dodd-Frank, which was Warren’s point.
Another thing she hammered the real estate mogul on was his refusal to release his tax returns. She used the likelihood that Trump is paying little to no taxes, along with a previous comment where he said he doesn’t like to pay taxes because it like throwing money down the drain, to point out how rich businessmen are taking advantage of the country’s resources.
“For all we know he could be paying zero taxes today. And he is proud of it. Two weeks ago he was more than happy to dodge taxes because he doesn’t want to throw his money, quote, ‘down the drain.’
Donald Trump likes being a billionaire but he doesn’t think that the rules that apply to everyone else, should apply to him. But let’s be clear Donald Trump didn’t get rich on his own.
His businesses rely on roads and bridges paid for by the rest of us. His businesses rely on workers that are educated by the rest of us. They rely on police and firefighters who protect the rest of us and are supported by the rest of us. Donald Trump and his businesses are protected by a world-class military that defends us abroad and keeps us safe at home and the rest of us pay to support.”
Of course, on Wednesday morning, after Warren’s speech made the media rounds, Trump reacted on Twitter. As you would imagine, he was all class:
Goofy Senator Elizabeth Warren @elizabethforma has done less in the U.S. Senate than practically any other senator. All talk, no action!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2016
Below is video of her speech, courtesy of Warren’s YouTube channel: