Hillary Clinton teams up with Elizabeth Warren to take on Donald Trump.
CINCINNATI — Elizabeth Warren offered an impassioned endorsement of Hillary Clinton on Monday, symbolically unifying the Democratic Party behind the presumptive nominee and giving voters a rousing preview of what could be a historic joint ticket.
Throwing clasped hands high in the air, the two women promised to “go big” and “go bold” to level the playing field for frustrated and angry workers.
“I’m here today because of her,” said Warren, a champion of the party’s liberal base, before 2,600 cheering supporters at the historic Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. “We’re here to fight side by side with Hillary Clinton.”
The image marked an important moment of party unity after Clinton’s long-fought primary against liberal challenger Bernie Sanders, who has not yet endorsed his former rival. And with the Massachusetts senator under consideration to be Clinton’s running mate, it may also be a harbinger of the party’s future.
Warren showed how she could play the role as an attacker-in-chief against Republican Donald Trump, calling him a “small, insecure money-grubber,” “a nasty man” and “goofy.”
An unprecedented two-woman ticket would electrify the party’s liberal wing, boosting enthusiasm for Clinton’s campaign as she continues to face high unfavorable ratings. Warren could also help Clinton combat the perception that the multimillionaire former first lady is disconnected from the struggles of working Americans — an image encouraged by Sanders during his campaign.
Her arm over Warren’s shoulder, Clinton lavished praise on the progressive icon, whom she called a “friend” and a “great leader.”
The two women have never been close, according to aides, who note they didn’t overlap in the Senate and worked in different corners of the Obama administration. Clinton served as secretary of state, while Warren helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Together, they slammed Trump, casting him as a smallminded, self-interested billionaire who would destroy the country’s economy.
“Donald Trump is the guy who wants it all for himself,” said Warren. “And watch out. Because he will crush you into the dirt to get whatever he wants.”
She’s taken his hits in return: He blasted her as “Pocahontas,” a reference to past discussions about her having American Indian ancestry.
“Crooked Hillary is wheeling out one of the least productive senators in the U.S. Senate, goofy Elizabeth Warren, who lied on heritage,” Trump tweeted Monday.
Warren’s tough assault is valued by Clinton, who aides say particularly appreciates surrogates who don’t mince words in their attacks.
“I do just love to see how she gets under Donald Trump’s skin,” said Clinton.