Liberal firebrand Elizabeth Warren launched the most stinging attack yet on Donald Trump’s sexism on Monday during a rally alongside Hillary Clinton.
Turning an insult Trump hurled at Clinton during the last presidential debate into a rallying cry for Democratic voters, the Massachusetts senator told supporters in Manchester, New Hampshire, it was time to hang the epithet “nasty woman” around his neck.
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“Women have had it with guys like you, and nasty women have really had it with guys like you,” Warren said. “Get this, Donald. Nasty women are tough, nasty women are smart, and nasty women vote, and on November 8, we nasty women are going to march our nasty feet to cast our nasty votes to get you out of our lives forever.”
Coming days after Michelle Obama’s steely attack on Trump’s record with women, Warren opted for a blunter approach still.
“He thinks that because he has money he can call women fat pigs and bimbos,” Warren said. “He thinks because he is a celebrity that he can rate women’s bodies from one to 10. He thinks that because he has a mouthful of Tic Tacs he can force himself on any woman within groping distance.”
Warren’s comments referred to the publication earlier this month of an Access Hollywood recording from 2005 that captured Trump bragging that he could kiss and grope women without their consent because he is a “star”. “I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her,” Trump says on the tape. “You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful – I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything … Grab ’em by the pussy.”
The Republican candidate has denied claims from nearly a dozen alleged victims who have come forward since the emergence of the recording of him boasting of groping women.
Though once tipped as a leftwing alternative to Clinton, Warren has become a loyal stalwart for the campaign after her early attacks on Trump seemed to provoke him.
“She gets under his thin skin like nobody else,” Clinton said of Warren as she began her speech. “I expect if Donald heard what she said he’s tweeting like mad.”
On the campaign trail, Warren, the so-called scourge of Wall Street, has furiously attacked Trump, who has nicknamed her “Pocahontas”, a reference to her claim of Native American ancestry, and “Goofy Liz Warren”. During a speech in Cincinnati, she fired back: “You want to see ‘goofy’? Look at him in that hat.”
Warren, a progressive power player who the Clinton campaign fretted might cast her support behind Bernie Sanders in the primary, has become one of her sharpest attack dogs on the trail. She withheld her endorsement until after Clinton was the clear victor in the Democratic primary.
Facing a rising populist tide led by Sanders on the left, Clinton’s staff and allies carefully plotted how to “survive” what they called the “Warren primary”, ie one dominated by the issues pushed by Warren and Sanders such as regulating Wall Street, according to hacked campaign emails published by WikiLeaks.
The campaign has not verified the authenticity of the emails and has called the hack a partisan attack intended to sway the election. The Obama administration has stated that Russia is behind the hack.
Source: The Guardian