Monday, July 04, 2016

POLITICS - Under Trump's Skin, Again

"At rally with Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren gets under Donald Trump’s skin — again" PBS NewsHour 6/27/2016


SUMMARY:  At a rally with Hillary Clinton, Democratic firebrand Sen. Elizabeth Warren proved once more that she knows how to get under Donald Trump’s skin, calling the Republican a “small insecure money-grubber.”  Clinton was equally harsh but Trump’s rage was squarely aimed at “goofy” Warren.  NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report join Gwen Ifill to discuss the latest.

GWEN IFILL (NewsHour):  Democrats Hillary Clinton and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren hit the trail today in Ohio, focusing their energy on presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

The candidates are squaring off over trade, Brexit, and which one of them is more qualified.

For that, we turn to 'Politics Monday' with Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report and Tamara Keith of NPR.

Let’s start by the big Cincinnati standoff today — I don’t think it was a standoff — between Elizabeth Warren, an apparently very exciting rally, and Hillary Clinton in which we saw the two of them basically take turns taking shots at Donald Trump.

Let’s take a listen.

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN (D), Massachusetts:  What kind of man roots for people to lose their jobs, to lose their homes, to lose their life savings?  I will tell you what kind of a man, a small, insecure money-grubber who fights for no one but himself.


HILLARY CLINTON (D), Presumptive Presidential Nominee:  This is a man who plays coy with white supremacists and mocks people with disabilities, who talks about banning an entire religion from entering our country, who advocates getting rid of gun-free zones in school, letting more countries have nuclear weapons, defaulting on our national debt, turning back the clock on marriage equality.

And just like Elizabeth, I could go on and on.

GWEN IFILL:  Go on and on, but she didn’t have to, because before they even got on stage at about 6:00 this morning, Donald Trump tweeted this: “Crooked Hillary is wheeling out one of the least productive senators in the U.S. Senate, goofy Elizabeth Warren, who lied on heritage.”

Where to begin, Tam?  OK.

AMY WALTER, The Cook Political Report:  Yes.

GWEN IFILL:  Just go.

TAMARA KEITH, NPR:  Well, and then Donald Trump, after the speech was over, called a correspondent for NBC News and doubled down on the Elizabeth Warren lied about her heritage thing and said that, absolutely, he should call her Pocahontas.

This is an issue that dates back to the 2012 Senate race that Elizabeth Warren ultimately won.  And one of the issues was, at some point, did she check a box that said she was Native American, and did that help her get preference in hiring?

Well, then the Republican Party held a call to respond to the Clinton-Warren speech.  And Scott Brown, Senator Scott Brown, former Senator Scott Brown, who had run against Elizabeth Warren in 2012, was on the call.

He was asked, hey, does it make sense that your candidate is going after a surrogate and not the person he’s running against?  And Scott Brown’s response was, well, maybe Elizabeth Warren could get a DNA test and solve this for everybody.  He said that with a little bit of a chuckle, but the point is that, very quickly, they were not talking about Hillary Clinton.  They were talking about Elizabeth Warren.

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