WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren still hasn’t endorsed anyone in the 2016 presidential race, but her latest broadside against Donald Trump echoes a new offensive launched by Hillary Clinton.
In a speech Tuesday night, Warren highlighted comments Trump made in the buildup to the housing crisis that he was “excited” for the bubble to burst because “I’ve always made more money in bad markets than good markets.”
“What kind of man does that? Root for people to get thrown out on the street? Root for people to lose their jobs?” Warren said in remarks prepared for delivery to an event held Tuesday night by the Center for Popular Democracy, a progressive group. “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.”
A few hours earlier, Clinton herself blasted Trump for the very same comments during a rally in California, while her surrogates across battleground states hit the same theme in campaign events.
“He actually said he was hoping for the crash that cost hard-working families in California and all across the country to lose their homes,” Clinton said, according to news reports, “all because he thought he could take advantage of it to make some money for himself.”
That Warren and Clinton are on the same page message-wise will reinforce the expectation that the Massachusetts Democrat will eventually endorse Clinton — as soon as she can do so without alienating the fervent supporters of Bernie Sanders, who continues to fight for the Democratic nomination. Many Democrats hope Warren can help coax the bulk of Sanders loyalists -- who are close to her on many policy issues — into backing Clinton in the general election.
Warren’s remarks are also the latest reminder of her potential to play a major role as Democratic attack dog against Trump, whose unconventional political style bested a deep field of Republican rivals.
Tim Ryan, a Democratic congressman from the key swing state of Ohio, said Trump “rooted” for a housing collapse that triggered a recession, leading to hundreds of thousands of lost homes and jobs in his state.
“We don’t know if Trump eventually made money by taking advantage of the crash because he refuses to release his tax returns,” Ryan said on a call with reporters, organized by the Clinton campaign. “They may look like names less faceless numbers from his perch — his gold plated perch in Trump Tower, but these are real human beings in real communities.”
The Clinton campaign also released a video Tuesday embracing the same line of attack.
Warren, again echoing Clinton and her surrogates, hammered Trump for his refusal to release his tax returns and castigated the real estate mogul for saying he’d scrap the 2008 Wall Street overhaul known as the Dodd-Frank Act -- albeit with more colorful language than is coming out of the Clinton camp.
“Now he’s kissing the fannies of poor, misunderstood Wall Street bankers,” Warren said in her prepared remarks. “But the American people are a whole lot smarter than Donald Trump thinks they are.”