Warren: Yes, I Was Trying to Take Down Bloomberg

She tells Rachel Maddow she felt billionaire would have lost to Trump
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 6, 2020 12:19 PM CST
Warren Met One Goal: to Take Down Bloomberg
Mike Bloomberg talks with Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the end of the Democratic debate at the Gaillard Center, in Charleston, SC, on Feb. 25.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Elizabeth Warren acknowledges she was out for blood when she went after Michael Bloomberg during Democratic debates last month. During an interview with Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, Maddow noted that analysts were crediting Warren with "tanking" Bloomberg's candidacy with her attacks. "Is that what you were trying to do?" she asked. "Yes," responded Warren, who ended her own campaign on Thursday. In one debate, Warren compared the "arrogant billionaire" to Trump, saying he had "a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women, and of supporting racist policies," including stop-and-frisk. "All of those things in his history mean that he could never launch any of those attacks against Donald Trump," Warren told Maddow of Bloomberg, who dropped out of the race on on Wednesday.

"Shoot, he wouldn’t even be able to launch the autocrat argument against him because Michael Bloomberg's the guy who, when he was mayor, literally got the change in the laws so he could hang onto power longer," she said. Warren and Maddow also discussed online abuse by supporters of Bernie Sanders, per Mediaite. "It's a real problem with this online bullying and sort of organized nastiness," she said. "I'm talking about some really ugly stuff that went on." Sanders condemned the abuse in his own interview with Maddow on Wednesday. (More on Warren's departure here.)

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