War­ren takes on Trump, says he may not be ‘free’ in 2020

Yuma Sun - - OPINION -

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Back in Iowa as a fullfledged pres­i­den­tial can­di­date, Demo­crat El­iz­a­beth War­ren took aim at Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Sun­day, say­ing he “may not even be a free per­son” by next year’s elec­tion.

The Mas­sachusetts se­na­tor also urged fel­low can­di­dates to avoid let­ting Trump de­fine the con­tours of the elec­tion with his per­sonal and provoca­tive at­tacks.

“Ev­ery day there is a racist tweet, a hate­ful tweet — some­thing re­ally dark and ugly,” War­ren said as she opened an event in Cedar Rapids. “What are we as can­di­dates, as ac­tivists, as the press, go­ing to do about it? We’re go­ing to chase af­ter those ev­ery day?”

War­ren has been a fre­quent Trump tar­get. Hours af­ter she for­mally kicked off her cam­paign on Satur­day, the pres­i­dent re­newed his crit­i­cism of her past claims of Na­tive Amer­i­can her­itage. In a tweet, Trump called War­ren “Poc­a­hon­tas” and said he would see her “on the cam­paign TRAIL.”

The White House didn’t ex­plain what the pres­i­dent was re­fer­ring to in his tweet, though some Democrats ac­cused him of mak­ing light of the Trail of Tears — the forced re­moval of Chero­kee and sev­eral other Na­tive Amer­i­can tribes from their lands in the 1830s. War­ren’s cam­paign wouldn’t say what the se­na­tor be­lieves Trump was ref­er­enc­ing.

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