Warren: Trump Wants To Set ‘Black Working People Against White Working People’

Robert Donachie | Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts believes President Donald Trump is trying to start a class war, pitting “black working class people against white working class people.”

Warren, a frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nominee in 2020, sat down with CNBC’s John Hardwood Tuesday to discuss the future of the Democratic party, America under Trump and the state of the U.S. economy. (RELATED: Liz Warren Running In 2020?)

Discussing the radical polarization of American politics and the 2016 presidential election, Warren said the state of national discourse has reached a place of outright divisiveness. Warren, like many Democrats and some Republicans, attributes the polarizing political environment to the president.

“Donald Trump identifies a real problem in America, and that is a lot of folks are hurting. And then he takes a turn and says, ‘it’s the fault of those people, people who don’t look like you, people who don’t sound like you, people who don’t worship like you, people who are not the same color, who didn’t speak the same language,'” Warren told CNBC. “What he wants to do is set working people against working people, black working people against white working people.”

Warren refused to say whether or not she will take on Trump in 2020, telling CNBC it is better for her to focus on the 2018 midterms than look that far into the future. (RELATED: Liz Warren Has Raised An Absurd Amount Of Cash)

Asked to make the case why voters should believe she could do better than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or President Barack Obama, Warren made an appeal to people’s hearts.

“All I can say is, I live this. I know this in my heart. This is what is etched on my heart. We can build a government that works for us, a government that works for people who get out every day and try to build something for themselves and for their families,” Warren said. “It is an optimistic story of what we can do together, but we’ve got to have government on our side.”

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