Sen. War­ren: Trump ‘may not even be a free per­son’

The Mercury News - - News - By David Weigel and Feli­cia Son­mez

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA >> Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren, D-Mass., told vot­ers Sun­day that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump might be un­able to fin­ish his term, fir­ing back at him for the first time since his re-elec­tion cam­paign at­tacked her roll­out.

“By the time we get to 2020, Don­ald Trump may not be pres­i­dent,” War­ren told an au­di­ence here. “In fact, he may not even be a free per­son.”

War­ren had not pre­vi­ously hinted that the scan­dals sur­round­ing the pres­i­dent could keep him from seek­ing a se­cond term. On her pre­vi­ous trip to Iowa, she rarely men­tioned Trump by name.

But her cam­paign, which has faced more di­rect at­tacks from Trump than other Demo­cratic can­di­dates, ap­pears to see the ques­tion about Trump’s own vi­a­bil­ity as way to stop en­gag­ing with ev­ery­thing he says.

Asked to ex­pand on her com­ments later in the day, War­ren quipped: “Come on, how many in­ves­ti­ga­tions are there now? It’s no longer just the Mueller in­ves­ti­ga­tion; they’re ev­ery­where. And these are se­ri­ous in­ves­ti­ga­tions.”

War­ren also sought to put her com­ments in a broader con­text, ex­plain­ing that she doesn’t of­ten men­tion Trump at events, be­cause her cam­paign is more than just oust­ing the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent.

“Things were bro­ken long be­fore Don­ald Trump got here,” War­ren said, speak­ing to re­porters af­ter a rally that drew about 500 peo­ple in Iowa City. “He made a whole lot of things a whole lot worse.” But she said sim­ply say­ing “‘not Trump,’ then we’re not go­ing to make the changes that this coun­try re­ally needs.”

War­ren for­mally kicked off her bid for the 2020 Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion be­fore a crowd of about 3,500 sup­port­ers in Mas­sachusetts on Sat­ur­day.

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