President Trump has had a lot of fun treating Sen. Elizabeth Warren like a joke, making ample use of his nickname for her – “Pocahontas” – in reference to her claim, earlier in her career, that she had Native American ancestry. But according to a new report from The Hill, the Trump White House is taking Warren seriously in one respect – as a likely challenger in 2020.
The Hill reports that Trump officials often send critical memos about Warren to favorable news outlets and they are working hand in hand with the RNC to put together a research file on the Massachusetts Democrat.
Thus far, Warren has adamantly denied that she’s considering a run for the presidency in 2020, but her star has risen in the wake of the “she persisted” meme (with credit for the assist going to Mitch McConnell). After publishing a new book last month, many Democrats see her as the likely heir to Bernie Sanders in terms of getting the far left excited about coming out to vote.
“I think they underestimate her at their own peril,” Democratic strategist Jim Manley told The Hill. “They may think their juvenile jokes and slurs about Pocahontas are cute, but once they start debating the issues, she is going to slice them six ways from Sunday.”
Yeah, we recall them saying something like that about Hillary Clinton…
While the White House has their eye on Warren, Trump’s inner circle doesn’t seem especially concerned about the threat.
“Frankly speaking,” one White House official told the paper, “having a pretty extreme, ideologically left-wing individual forming a role as the leader of the party is not the worst thing.”
This is what Democrats – especially young Democrats – never quite understood about Sanders. They have this mistaken feeling that Hillary Clinton failed because she was too much of a centrist. First mistake: To believe that Hillary was a centrist. Second mistake: To believe that the key to rectifying Hillary’s defeat is for the Democratic Party to swing even further to the left.
Sanders was popular, no doubt about that, but he was also spared the wrath of a serious presidential contest. Let the Trump campaign go after Warren (or Sanders, for that matter) without any gloves on, and you’ll find out quite quickly that the majority of Americans – even those who vote Democrat – do not share her radical ideas.