Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took a veiled shot at failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Sunday, defiantly claiming she wouldn’t let President Donald Trump get “handsy” with her during any debates.
The 2020 Democratic hopeful was referencing a moment from the 2016 election in which Clinton alleged Trump had violated her personal space during one of the presidential debates.
Warren made the comments during a campaign event in Seattle.
Her remarks were prompted by a fan who wanted to know how she plans to defeat the president, whom the person defined as a “bottom feeder.”
“How do you effectively counter a bottom feeder like Trump, where there’s no low that’s too low, without getting down there with him and sacrificing your own high ideals?” the supporter asked, eliciting cheers from the audience.
“I know how to fight and I know how to win,” Warren responded.
“You don’t back down from a bully … Nobody’s getting behind me on a debate stage and doing a handsy thing. That’s not happening,” Warren added.
Warren’s response was a thinly disguised swipe at Clinton, who claimed Trump was trying to intimidate her during a town hall-style debate in 2016 by hovering around her.
It “was not OK,” Clinton claimed of Trump’s actions in her book “What Happened.”
She even drew a link between Trump’s actions during the debate and various allegations in the media that he had groped women.
“Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women,” Clinton wrote. “Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces.”
“What would you do?” she asked readers. “Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly, ‘Back up, you creep, get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.'”
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Warren — by asserting she would not be intimidated by Trump — effectively accuses Hillary of being intimidated and unwilling to call Trump out, as we see it.
But we’re not quite sure why either one of them might have been under the impression the president had any desire to get “handsy” with them. (They must be thinking of Hillary’s husband.)
Meanwhile, Warren argued that the Democrat nominee, whoever that person winds up being, has to be willing to call the president out but must fire back with more depth of content than simply being anti-Trump.
“We should make sure people understand where he stands. When he’s ugly, we can call him out,” she told the crowd. “But that’s not enough. It’s not enough to be ‘not Trump.'”
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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