For years, Elizabeth Warren has declared herself a populist, fighting against the establishment party in Washington, and left wing supporters have had her back. She’s bullied both Republicans and Democrats on issues important to the left, leading leaders of her party to elevate her status in the Senate.
Against Hillary Clinton, Warren has used her increased profile – and the mounting calls of her supporters calling for a presidential run – to push her party further to the left on issues she cares about.
But President Obama is striking back at her attempt to sink his Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, sending a stern message that he will not be bullied by the left’s favorite Senator.
In an interview with Matt Bai of Yahoo News, Obama accused Warren of being another cynical politician promoting herself.
“The truth of the matter is that Elizabeth is, you know, a politician like everybody else,” he said, dismissing her arguments against his proposed deal.
He also accused her of over-lawyering his agenda, without trusting him not to push an economic agenda that would hurt workers.
“She and I both taught law school, and you know, one of the things you do as a law professor is you spin out hypotheticals,” he said in the interview with Bai. “And this is all hypothetical, speculative.”
Against Warren, Obama has increasingly called her and other critics of his deal “just wrong” as he continues to make his case for what he has described as a “progressive” trade deal.
Speaking to his supporters in April, Obama compared critics like Warren to conservative critics such as Sarah Palin for saying that Obamacare had “death panels.”
“Someone coming up with a slogan like ‘death panels’ doesn’t mean it’s true,” he said during an Organizing for Action meeting in Washington D.C. “The same thing is true on this. Look at the facts, don’t just throw a bunch of stuff out there.”