Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has been ripping into the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president with the precision and focused fury of a great prosecutor.
“Donald Trump says they ought to look into Judge Curiel because what Judge Curiel is doing is a total disgrace,” Warren explained Thursday night, in an American Constitution Society address that condemned the billionaire’s bigoted claim that Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel should not oversee a case involving Trump because of Curiel’s Hispanic heritage. “No, Donald, what you are doing is a total disgrace. Race-baiting a judge who spent years defending America from the terror of murderers and drug traffickers simply because long ago his family came to America from somewhere else. You, Donald Trump, are a total disgrace.”
No Democrat does a better job of prosecuting Trump’s political wrongdoing than Warren. As Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin told The New York Times, “What she is doing right now, focusing on the outrageousness of Donald Trump is really important. In the universal sense I am always saying, ‘Go, Elizabeth, go!’”
How far can Warren go? When she endorsed Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton on Rachel Maddow’s show Thursday evening, the host asked if the senator felt she could handle the greatest responsibility of a vice president: that of assuming the presidency if required. “Yes,” replied Warren, “I do.”
Warren resisted a draft movement that sought to get her to run for the presidency in 2016. She now says she is focused on raising the profile of economic-inequality issues that Bernie Sanders put on the table in the primary campaign, and that have been so central to the 2016 race. And, Warren says, she is determined to make sure that Trump’s “toxic stew of hatred and insecurity never reaches the White House.”
Of course, elevating vital issues and taking down the other party’s ticket is pretty much the job description for a vice-presidential nominee. And, after Warren and Clinton met for more than an hour Friday morning, the buzz in Washington and beyond was about whether the senator might be under serious consideration for a place on the Democratic ticket. It really is just buzz at this point. But this buzz is accompanied by a good deal of enthusiasm on the part of some prominent progressives.