Sen. Elizabeth Warren fired back at Donald Trump on Thursday, doubling down on criticism she leveled at the Republican front runner on Monday in a series of tweets in which she called Trump a “loser” and asked voters to “count all his failed businesses.”
The Massachusetts Senator called Trump “a real threat to this country” on Thursday and said, “it’s time to fight back against that threat.”
“Donald Trump claims that the reason he’s qualified to be president of the United States is that he is a very, very, very successful businessman,” Warren said, speaking to reporters after visiting a community health care center in Massachusetts. “Donald Trump inherited a fortune from his father and then he maintained it by cheating people, by defrauding people and by skipping out on paying his creditors through Chapter 11.”
Trump responded to Warren’s tweets on Monday by sarcastically calling her “the Indian,” Politico reported. In an interview with the New York Times published Saturday, he said, “She’s got about as much Indian blood as I have. Her whole life was based on a fraud. She got into Harvard and all that because she said she was a minority.”
His comments referenced findings during Warren’s Senate campaign against incumbent Scott Brown that she had previously claimed minority status due to Native American ancestry.
“Scott Brown tried the same sort of thing, and if Donald Trump thinks that by using Scott Brown’s hate-filled attacks on my family that he’s going to shut me down, then he better think again,” Warren said Thursday.
Warren also praised Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders when asked if the Vermont Senator should drop out of the race, the Associated Press reported. Warren has declined to endorse either Democratic candidate.
‘‘He’s out there. He fights from the heart. This is who Bernie is,’’ Warren said. ‘‘He has put the right issues on the table both for the Democratic Party and for the country in general so I’m still cheering Bernie on.’’