"A small, insecure money-grubber": Elizabeth Warren delivers a searing anti-Trump speech and brings down the house

The Massachusetts senator takes her attacks on the GOP's presumptive nominee to new heights in rollicking speech

By Sophia Tesfaye
May 25, 2016 5:15PM (UTC)
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Elizabeth Warren (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

While Donald Trump is drudging up decades-old sex scandals in hopes of controlling the media narrative, the Hillary Clinton campaign -- with a major assist from Democrats' newly anointed go-to Trump attack dog, Senator Elizabeth Warren -- is responding in kind, attacking Trump's more recent comments boasting that a housing market crash would be a personal boon to the billionaire (?) real estate tycoon.

Clinton's campaign released an ad on Tuesday, highlighting Trump's 2006 comments that he "sort of" hoped the housing market would crash because it could help his business.


“Donald Trump was drooling over the idea of a housing meltdown because it meant he could buy up a bunch more property on the cheap," Warren said at a Washington, D.C. gala for the Center for Popular Democracy Tuesday night.

"What kind of a man does that?" an incredulous Warren asked. "Root for people to get thrown out on the street? Root for people to lose their jobs? Root for people to lose their pensions? Root for two little girls in Clark County, Nevada, to end up living in a van?"

"What kind of a man does that?"


“I’ll tell you exactly what kind,” Warren continued. “A man who cares about no one but himself. A small, insecure money-grubber who doesn’t care who gets hurt, so long as he makes some money off it. What kind of man does that? A man who will never be president of the United States.”

"Sometimes Trump claims he is tough on Wall Street," Warren pointed out, noting the businessman's blatant flip-flops. "But now he’s singing a very different song. Last week, he said that the new Dodd-Frank financial regulations have, and I’m quoting here, 'made it impossible for bankers to function' and he will put out a new plan soon that 'will be close to dismantling Dodd-Frank.'"

"Donald Trump is worried about helping poor little Wall Street?" Warren asked the crowd with a laugh. "Let me find the world’s smallest violin to play a sad, sad song."


"So I’m here tonight for an urgent reason: To stand up and say that we will never, ever let these guys wreck the American economy again--never," Warren pledged to righteous applause.

Interestingly, Trump was going after Warren at the same time, thousands of miles away at his rally in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


“She said she was an Indian … because her cheek bones were high,” Trump said, repeating the tired right-wing attack on the popular Massachusetts senator's heritage.


‘‘Pocahontas is at it again,’’ Trump said in an email to the Associated Press later Tuesday night, responding to a question about Warren's comments.


‘‘She scammed the people of Massachusetts and got into institutions because she said she is Native American. She’s one of the least successful Senators in the U. S. Senate.’’

“She’s probably the senator that’s doing the least,” the billionaire said of Warren.

Wednesday morning, Trump escalated his attack on Warren:


Despite the two-pronged Democratic assault on Trump's vulture capitalist career, the political neophyte appears unfazed, planning to hold a fundraiser at the home of a wealthy California investor whose private equity firm profited from the discounted purchase of thousands of foreclosed homes in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis Wednesday night.

Sophia Tesfaye

Sophia Tesfaye is Salon's senior editor for news and politics, and resides in Washington, D.C. You can find her on Twitter at @SophiaTesfaye.

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