“I’d Love to Run Against Her”: Trump Unafraid of Elizabeth Warren
In an interview with Fox News on New Year’s Eve, President Trump said he wasn’t particularly concerned about the first Democrat to throw their hat into the 2020 ring, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Asked by the network’s Pete Hegseth if Warren really believed she could turn Trump into a one-term president, Trump replied: “Well, that I don’t know. You’d have to ask her psychiatrist.”
This backhanded insult probably tells us a great deal about how Trump plans to frame Warren if she emerges as the Democratic nominee. In addition to painting her as a fraud for claiming to have Indian ancestry that she – by her own testing analysis – does not have, Trump will probably characterize her as a loon in the tradition of her buddy, Crazy Bernie Sanders. Then again, Warren will be under the harsh spotlights of the media from here on out, and reporters (and political oppo researchers) will be digging into her background like never before. It could turn out to be that pretending to be a Native American will seem like a minor sin compared to what turns up over the next year and a half.
“Elizabeth Warren will be the first,” Trump said in the interview. “She did very badly in proving that she was of Indian heritage. That didn’t work out too well. I think you have more [Native blood] than she does, and maybe I do too, and I have nothing. So we’ll see how she does. I wish her well, I hope she does well, I’d love to run against her.”
It could be that Warren’s presidential chances are already dead, and she just doesn’t know it yet. She could be underestimating just how badly that DNA debacle hurt her credibility, even among her most die-hard progressive fans. In an era where the left takes none too kindly to a white person culturally appropriating dress, food, and music from minorities, it’s hard to excuse Warren’s appropriation of a heritage she clearly does not have. As many a Native American commenter has noted, even if Warren were able to prove her ancestry beyond a shadow of a doubt, it wouldn’t erase the fact that she has lived as a white women her entire life.
Unfortunately for her, the DNA test did nothing of the kind, proving only that – at the shakier end of the spectrum – Warren may be as little as 1/1,024 Native American. Which, as Trump noted, is less than your average white American walking around the Mall of America. Can she get past that snafu and emerge a serious contender for the White House?
Considering the fact that she’ll be up against dozens and dozens of other Democrats, we’re guessing the chances are not great.