Sen. Elizabeth Warren wants to know "what kind of man" Donald Trump really is.
On Tuesday, the Massachusetts Democrat and populist firebrand gave a speech for the Center for Popular Democracy in Nevada in which she called the presumptive Republican nominee a "small, insecure money-grubber."
After recounting the story of a family who lost their home in the mortgage crisis, Warren said that Trump had been “drooling over the idea of a housing meltdown because it meant he could buy up a bunch more property on the cheap.”
Warren was referring to reports that Trump, in 2007, told students at Trump University, his high-priced series of business lectures, that he was "excited" about the housing bubble as an investment opportunity. Other reports show that around the same time Trump dismissed the bubble altogether, cautioning those same students to be skeptical of "doom and gloom" predictions.
The senator asked the crowd what those comments said about Trump as a man.
“What kind of a man does that? Root for people to get thrown out on the street? Root for people to lose their jobs? Root for people to lose their pensions? Root for two little girls in Clark County, Nevada, to end up living in a van? What kind of a man does that?"
She answered her own rhetorical questions: “I’ll tell you exactly what kind: a man who cares about no one but himself. A small, insecure money-grubber who doesn’t care who gets hurt, so long as he makes some money off it." She continued to lambast Trump as, "a man who will never be president of the United States.”
Warren has emerged as the Democrats' most gleeful Trump-slayer, calling him, among other things, a bully, a liar, narcissist, a misogynist, a racist, a loser, a xenophobe, an authoritarian, and an enemy of struggling American workers.
On Tuesday, she also hit him over his opposition to the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill by saying, "Donald Trump is worried about helping poor little Wall Street. Let me find the world's smallest violin to play a sad, sad song. No really, can Donald Trump even name three things about Dodd-Frank?"
Trump responded on Twitter with his typical grace and aplomb, taking a shot at Warren's Native American heritage:
Warren also used the occasion to bring up Trump's taxes and Warren and Trump's infamous Twitter wars. “I want to make just one last point about Donald Trump that won’t fit into a Twitter war, one last point that sums up what Donald Trump is all about—his taxes,” Warren told the crowd. “Trump likes being a billionaire and doesn’t think the rules that apply to everyone else should apply to him. But let’s be clear: Donald Trump didn’t get rich on his own.”
Warren offered a version of a well-known 2011 speeches, in which she describes the many contributions that U.S. taxpayers make to American business owners.
"His businesses rely on roads and bridges paid for by the rest of us. His businesses rely on workers who are educated by the rest of us. They rely on police and firefighters who protect the rest of us and are supported by the rest of us."