Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) continued her criticism of her own party by taking on former President Obama over the state of working class Americans. She made the comments to the Guardian in an interview published Monday.
“President Obama, like many others in both parties,” Warren said, “talk about a set of big national statistics that look shiny and great but increasingly have giant blind spots.”
The criticism echoed much of what Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said in the presidential primary campaign he lost against Hillary Clinton. Some said that Sanders’ economics seemed to be similar to that of Trump as a populist candidate.
“The lived experiences of most Americans is that they are being left behind in this economy,” Warren continued. “Worse than being left behind, they’re getting kicked in the teeth.”
Like Sanders, she also accused both parties of abandoning the poor in favor of the wealthy. “The Republicans have clearly thrown their lot in with the rich and the powerful, but so have a lot of Democrats,” she added.
This follows criticism that Warren offered when it was reported that Obama was to speak before Wall Street executives for $400,000. Warren called said she was “troubled” by the report and decried how money was corrupting politics. “I describe it as a snake that slithers through Washington and that it shows up in so many different ways here in Washington,” she said.
Trump has been criticized for referring recently to Warren as “Pocahontas” over the spurious claim she made about her supposed Native American ancestry.