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Lloyd Blankfein Says 'Maybe Tribalism' Is in Elizabeth Warren's DNA

Thursday, 14 November 2019 03:21 PM

Billionaires Lloyd Blankfein and Leon Cooperman, both targets of Elizabeth Warren’s new campaign ad, struck back on Thursday.

Blankfein, who ran Goldman Sachs Group Inc. until last year, said on Twitter that vilifying the rich is bad for the U.S.

“Maybe tribalism is just in her DNA,” he wrote. Blankfein didn’t return a message asking if that was a reference to the genealogy test she took to prove she’s part Native American. She apologized to the Cherokee Nation this year.

Surprised to be featured in Sen Warren’s campaign ad, given the many severe critics she has out there. Not my candidate, but we align on many issues. Vilification of people as a member of a group may be good for her campaign, not the country. Maybe tribalism is just in her DNA.

— Lloyd Blankfein (@lloydblankfein) November 14, 2019

On CNBC, Cooperman referred directly to her heritage claims, which have included her citing her race as “American Indian.”

"Why did you lie on your Texas bar application in 1986?" Cooperman asked. "We don’t need another fabricator in the White House."

Warren’s ad, which opens with her call for a wealth tax, points out that Cooperman was accused of insider trading. In 2017, the billionaire investor and his firm agreed to pay $4.9 million to resolve claims from regulators that he traded on insider information, without admitting fault.

The Democrat’s ad said Blankfein earned $70 million during the financial crisis and shows him saying that she prefers “cataclysmic change to the economic system as opposed to tinkering.”

Before President Donald Trump picked Goldman Sachs alumni for prominent posts in his administration, one of his final ads of the 2016 campaign showed Blankfein’s face as the candidate said in a voiceover that a corrupt global power machine was robbing the U.S.

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Billionaires Lloyd Blankfein and Leon Cooperman, both targets of Elizabeth Warren's new campaign ad, struck back on Thursday.
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