In a recent interview with Jesse Waters on Fox News, President Trump claimed Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) would be a “dream come true” as his opponent in 2020. He said that “Pocahontas would not be proud” to have Warren as her representative.
Trump also claimed that Warren hurt Hillary Clinton’s chances in the 2016 election instead of helping her defeat Trump.
In a recent poll, which hypothetically pits Trump against Warren in the 2020 election, the results were in Trump’s favor. The poll gave Trump a win over Warren by six points.
So why would Warren be the perfect Democratic opponent for Trump and the GOP? She seemed to get women and minorities riled up during the Clinton campaign last year, so wouldn’t one think she’d be the perfect nominee for her party in 2020? Well, like every other Democrat, Warren has her flaws. The 2016 election showed them, too, and even liberals have started to lose faith in her. She simply doesn’t have what it takes to be president.
Warren has a lot of pride in her ethnic heritage. She takes every chance she gets to talk about her Native American background, and has used it as a tool to appeal to minorities through her career – both as a professor and now as a senator. She has long claimed Native American ancestry, going so far as to classify herself as a minority in the Association of American Law Schools directory.
The issue, to put it simply, is that Warren doesn’t look Native American, nor does she have enough evidence to support her claim. She has only given family anecdotes, and lacks any official documentation. This alone creates an identity crisis within herself and her supporters. What could give Republicans an easy win isn’t that Warren might have her ethnic history wrong.
It’s the absurdity of a white woman passing herself off as a minority to an academic community. How can they support a candidate who can’t prove who they are or, better yet, a candidate that is using an ethnicity to get ahead instead of her skills? President Trump is right, Pocahontas wouldn’t be proud of someone essentially stealing her ethnicity to get a few votes.
Warren also doesn’t know when to stop, and it drives everyone crazy, including liberals. It’s so bad, that she’s almost broken a few rules along the way. This was illustrated perfectly she tried to read a letter from Coretta Scott King from 1986 on the Senate floor during then-Senator Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) confirmation hearing to be attorney general. This was her only shot at trying to make Sessions out to be a racist bigot. However, she was told to stop per Senate rules against impugning a fellow senator.
Democrats saw Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) silencing Warren because he feared her message, but that wasn’t the reason. Conservatives didn’t think McConnell was afraid. In fact, quite the opposite. They saw a lawmaker who not only felt justified protecting comity in the upper chamber, but also didn’t believe there was any downside to taking away Warren’s microphone. Why should conservatives fear a person who poses so little threat, and why should liberals support someone who can’t even follow the rules she’s taken an oath to abide by?
Warren received some support from the left for her failure, while McConnell had to deal with a few protesters. She used the situation to jump up on her soapbox and try to reignite the “war on women” that the left claims exists in Washington. It didn’t work, she failed, and we moved on.
The record Warren has fought to maintain in Washington may also perish during the Trump administration. The one big accomplishment she’s had, creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), will most likely be crushed in Trump’s first term. Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), who has jurisdiction over these issues, characterized the CFPB as an unconstitutional “rogue agency” that should be “functionally terminated” with a simple majority vote.
It’s almost improbable for any government program to be truly repealed in Washington, and very rare for a legislator to suffer the humiliation of watching an entire agency they have created be dismantled while they still hold office. Warren is on the verge of earning that distinction though. It will not only be damaging, but a stunning example of professional failure. If that happens, she’ll virtually have nothing to stand on as far as accomplishments go.
In many ways, having Elizabeth Warren run for president would be no different than seeing Hillary Clinton run again. Both women are big on flip-flopping and can’t decide what they truly stand for. Warren has famously called Clinton out on several occasions, but then resorted to endorsing her in the 2016 election. Trump, on the other hand, has always stood his ground on every issue whether he supports it or not. The instability of being unsure of your own policies and endorsements is enough to cause any candidate to crumble.
Senator Warren also has a long way to go as far as educating herself if she ever wants to run for the highest office in the land and be taken seriously by both parties. Every presidential candidate has placed themselves on very influential committees during their time in Congress. Barack Obama joined the Foreign Relations and Homeland Security committees when he was a brand new Democratic senator from Illinois. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rand Paul (R-KY) are on the Foreign Relations and Intelligence panels. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is on Armed Services, as was Clinton during her Senate tenure. Every one of these committees gives its members a look into the decisions that every commander in chief faces.
Running in 2020 would mean running against an incumbent president who won his first term against all odds. Trump was able to take the political world by storm and turn it on its head. He turned politicians against each other, made the American people – not policy – a priority, and came out on top in the end. Warren would have to rid herself of her career politician persona and be able to relate to a majority of people the way Trump did in the 2016 election. As long as she maintains the status quo, the GOP will have nothing to worry about in 2020.