In front of a raucous rally crowd in Great Falls, Montana, Thursday night, President Donald Trump heaved a now routine onslaught of verbal jabs toward a number of his critics, potentially saving his most vicious rebuke for possible future 2020 campaign rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).
During his sprawling speech, Trump launched into a hypothetical featuring Warren, saying if he’s given the chance to debate the Massachusetts senator he will ask her to take a genetic test to prove that she’s a native American, jokingly adding that he will also toss the kit to her “gently because we’re the #MeToo generation.”
“I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,” Trump said to cheers at the Four Seasons Arena. “I have a feeling she will say no.”
The president also mockingly said that he won’t apologize to Warren for the nickname. “I want to apologize. Pocahontas, I apologize to you. I apologize to you. To you I apologize,” he said. “To the fake Pocahontas, I won’t apologize,” he said.
President Trump appears to mock Sen. Elizabeth Warren, revisiting “Pocahontas” nickname and referencing the #MeToo movement during a rally in Montana. https://t.co/XCOPvwTKIT pic.twitter.com/rjv8CHS8wY
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 5, 2018
Warren, however, was quick to fire back at the president, taking to Twitter tell Trump that “maybe you should focus on fixing the lives you’re destroying,” while turning the focus toward the ongoing controversy playing out on the Southern border following the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy.
Hey, @realDonaldTrump: While you obsess over my genes, your Admin is conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas & you are too incompetent to reunite them in time to meet a court order. Maybe you should focus on fixing the lives you’re destroying.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) July 5, 2018
The Democratic senator has been front and center criticizing the president’s contentious policy that resulted in thousands of families being separated after trying to enter the United States illegally.
“I saw the video of a 10-year-old boy being reunited with his mother after they had been ripped apart for months,” Warren said at a town hall meeting in mid-June. “And this little boy sobbed and heaved and sobbed some more — his mother had been taken away from him.”
“This is an outrage visited on the American people by Donald Trump, and it must stop,” she added.
While Trump focused on Warren as a potential 2020 threat Thursday night, recent polling suggests she’s not even a top-two pick for Democrats in 2020. Former Vice President Joe Biden and failed 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton lead the current field, according to a Harvard CAPS/Harris June poll.
Warren received only 10 percent of the vote.
And the president made it clear Thursday night that he’s not impressed with the crop of political talent rumored to be in line to challenge him in two years—taking shots at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden, who have both remained at the top of early polls for future Democratic challengers.
“They’re going to cover Bernie? They’re going to cover Sleepy Joe Biden? They’re going to cover Pocahontas?” Trump said, taking a shot at the media.