Fierce Trump critic Elizabeth Warren considers bid for 2020 US Presidency

United States senator Elizabeth Warren, a liberal firebrand who has taken on Wall Street and traded barbs with Donald Trump, has announced she is seeking to challenge the Republican President in 2020.

Warding off challenges by Bernie Sanders and others who utilize class-warfare tactics, Warren resorts to her usual attacks on wealthy Americans in the video, stating, "America's middle class is under attack". "How did we get here? Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie", she added, "and they enlisted politicians to cut 'em a fatter slice".

Warren has sparred with Trump over policy such as healthcare, as well as over more personal attacks.

As part of her work during the post-crisis period, she proposed the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, an agency that's seen many of its signature enforcement efforts scaled back under the Trump administration.

A Ms Warren candidacy can expect opposition from Wall Street. In an ominous sign for a candidate who was once considered a possible favorite for the nod, the vast majority of Democratic commentary in response to Warren's announcement has taken the tone of a bored yawn.

Elizabeth Warren;s book "This Fight Is Our Fight". "That's a fundamental promise of America", Warren says. Warren is taking the first major step toward running for president.

Elizabeth Warren LGBT rights record Democratic Senator dancing at Boston Pride in 2018
Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren dancing at Boston Pride in 2018

They clashed frequently through the 2016 presidential campaign and Trump has cast aspersions on her claim to Native American ancestry, repeatedly referring to her as "Pocahontas".

The video, which runs for almost four-and-a-half minutes, touches on Warren's family's military tradition, her parents' struggle to provide their children with opportunities and her career fighting for the marginalized in a political system that has been rigged to favor the wealthy.

Warren began significantly increasing the size of her political staff as well as her visibility on the national stage over the summer and last fall. That's why I had her at No. 1; there is so much upside.

Is Warren's scorched-earth rhetorical style the right way to run against Trump-Pence, or does it play into their hands?

Warren was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012, after raising an eye-popping $42.5 million to defeat Republican Sen.

Warren's decision to release her DNA test was the "dumbest thing in years", said John Weaver, a Republican strategist and Trump critic who's an adviser to outgoing Ohio Governor John Kasich. But Democrats saw in 2016 what can happen when 6 in 10 Americans dislike their nominee, and that's a distinct possibility with Warren in 2020. The Cherokee Nation's secretary of state called it "inappropriate and wrong" and said it made "a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonouring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven".

  • Kyle Peterson