Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has spent the last several years becoming a celebrity among liberal Democrats, deservedly in some respects.
Her work in the Senate on financial issues has been great, even heroic. But her qualifications outside that lane are meager, and Warren became something of a polarizing figure in the 2016 Democratic primary when she failed to endorse Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton.
But it looks like she's trying to make up for it now by endorsing a false claim that can only serve to strengthen Donald Trump against the only game in town opposing him. This may come as a surprise to some but not to those of us who look past Warren's skin-deep “liberalism” to her roots as a Republican.
Here she is explaining to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's “This Week” why she was a registered Republican until 1996, per ThinkProgress:
I was with the GOP for a while because I really thought that it was a party that was principled in its conservative approach to economics and to markets. And I feel like the GOP party just left that. They moved to a party that said, “No, it’s not about a level playing field. It’s now about a field that’s gotten tilted.” And they really stood up for the big financial institutions when the big financial institutions are just hammering middle class American families. I just feel like that’s a party that moved way, way away.
“For a while” is a really funny way of saying “until I was 47 years old,” and it means she stuck with Republicans through Ronald Reagan's race-baiting campaign, through the nakedly racist Willie Horton era and even right through Clinton's attempt to get universal health care passed.
But for whatever reason, it was “middle-class” economics that ostensibly turned Warren where those horrors could not. If any of this sounds familiar to you, it should.
Watch Warren endorse Trump's latest smear against Clinton below.
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