After calling Donald Trump a “loser” on Twitter last week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) isn’t finished criticizing the Republican presidential candidate just yet.
The senator, known for advocating for tighter regulations on Wall Street, went on CBS’ “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert Wednesday night to comment about Trump’s business history. She said that electing Trump to fix the economy is like calling on an arsonist to put out a fire. Warren’s interview with Colbert comes a week after the progressive lawmaker published a series of tweets criticizing Trump, calling out his failed businesses and bullying tactics.
“Let’s be real clear. Donald Trump is looking out for exactly one guy and that guy’s name is Donald Trump,” Warren said Wednesday.
Warren continued her effort to discredit Trump’s business success on “The Late Show,” saying Trump’s “win, win” history is the result of a $1 million inheritance from his father that he kept alive by “cheating and defrauding people.” When Colbert added that Trump has never broken the law, Warren quickly suggested that Trump just hasn’t been caught yet.
“We have an economy that’s in real trouble, but when the economy is in this kind of trouble, calling on Donald Trump for help is like if your house is on fire calling an arsonist to come help out,” she said.
When Colbert asked Warren if her Twitter rant about Trump was just a pander to Trump’s “name calling,” Warren clarified her tweets were meant to call out the real estate mogul for running on his business success, which she said she and her supporters don’t fall for. “He started out rich, and cheated his way to getting richer,” she said.
Trump responded to Warren’s tweet storm during a press conference and mockingly said, ”Who’s that, the Indian? You mean the Indian?” according to The Washington Post. The “Indian” reference follows after Trump initially criticized Warren in an interview with The New York Times on March 19 over the senator’s Native American heritage. That interview also took place before Warren began tweeting about him on March 21.
Colbert acknowledged that Warren’s recent outspoken campaign against Trump resembles an effort to unify the divide between Democrats who want a political revolution, such as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, and Democrats who want to see a more moderate approach to the party, such as Hillary Clinton. Warren also praised her fellow Democrats for continuing to shape debates around policy such as college debt and Wall Street reform.
“This is what I really love seeing – Democrats are out there fighting over the things that affect America’s families,” Warren said. “Between Secretary Clinton and Sen. Sanders, they’re talking about should it be free college or should it be debt-free college. God bless, that is the right place to have the discussion.”
Warren continued to dodge questions about her endorsement for a Democratic presidential candidate, but said Sanders supporters should still vote for Clinton if she wins the nomination instead.