Charlie Dent: Warren's 2020 Announcement 'Total Gift' to Trump

US Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, a fierce critic of Donald Trump, took the first step towards running for the presidential office in 2020 by opening an exploratory committee on Monday.

Yesterday, I opined that if Elizabeth Warren runs for president, she will face a steep uphill climb.

Warren enters a Democratic field that's shaping up as the most crowded in decades, with many of her Senate colleagues openly weighing their own campaigns, as well as governors, mayors and other prominent citizens.

"Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules, & take care of themselves & the people they love", Warren tweeted, along with a four-minute-plus video.

"Today, I'm launching an exploratory committee for president", Warren, 69, a Democrat, said in a video released to supporters.

Fugelsang reacted a whole two years later by saying, "If Elizabeth Warren is "Pocahontas" I guess you're Custer". And Warren's gender identity as a woman won't rack up enough intersectionality points against Kamala Harris, the half-black, half-Indian female senator from California.

Warren already has the building blocks of a campaign apparatus - a dedicated staff and a policy platform, outside advocates ready to go to bat for her, a grassroots fundraising operation that's the envy of her rivals, and a political organization that she used to help Democratic candidates around the country in the 2018 election. Most voters will likely be surprised to learn she's only eight years younger than Sanders. The clip notes that she entered politics as a major force behind the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency created to serve as a watchdog over the financial industry, but whose activities have been dramatically curbed by the Trump administration. As the Globe puts it, "the former Harvard law professor is likely to come up against numerous candidates beating the same drums of economic fairness".

Warren will bring to the table "much of what "Red State America" dislikes, said Dent. In one such episode, she turned an insult from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) - "nevertheless, she persisted" - into a liberal rallying cry.

She has frequently faced attacks from the White House and Republicans over whether she used claims of native ancestry to advance her career.

Warren lathered up hype around a potential run in October when she released another video touting her Native-American heritage, which President Trump has long ridiculed. In the first TV ad of her 2012 Senate campaign, in November 2011, she said, "Washington is still rigged for the big guys, and that's got to change". In a statement posted to Twitter, Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. stated that a DNA test is "useless to determine tribal citizenship".

  • Jacqueline Ellis