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Warren on Possible Presidential Run: 'I'm in This Fight'

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By    |   Monday, 01 May 2017 12:25 PM

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has not said she will or will not run for president in 2020, but appeared to tease doing so during an interview with The Guardian.

"I'm in this fight, there's no pause," the frequent critic of President Donald Trump said in the interview published Monday.

The senator has never met the president except for being near him at his inauguration, but she has been at odds with him in messages on Twitter.

"Thumbs at 30 paces," she said.

"Look at what he has done. He has expressed his admiration for Mussolini, for Vladimir Putin. He has tried to undermine a free press. He's shown no respect for the courts. Those are the steps that authoritarians take," she told the paper.

Trump appears to consider Warren a likely opponent. On Friday, speaking to the National Rifle Association, he referred to Warren as Pocahontas, a name he called her during the campaign, referring to her claim of having Native American heritage.

Warren does not reserve criticism only for Republicans.

"The Republicans have clearly thrown their lot in with the rich and the powerful, but so have a lot of Democrats," she said in the Guardian interview.

She also criticized former President Barack Obama and other lawmakers.

"I think President Obama, like many others in both parties, talks about a set of big national statistics that look shiny and great but increasingly have giant blind spots. That GDP (gross domestic product), unemployment, no longer reflect the lived experiences of most Americans," she said.

President Trump's actions have encouraged more people to focus on politics, she said.

"People are deeply engaged in issues right now," she said. "We are no longer a country that believes we can do politics only once every four years, or even once every two years, no longer a country that says that Democrats is only about elections and that it will tend to itself in the time periods between elections."

"Democracy is working in an entirely new way," she said, pointing out marches, rallies, online protests, and videos that have sprung up in the wake of Trump's election. "Let me give a giant hug to the resistance. Resistance, persistence, insistence – every part of it – and how to bring more people into the fight," she said.

"If you told me that what it would take for me to make a difference would be to get up every day and walk across broken glass, but that I have a chance to open some doors for the next kid who comes along, I'd do it," Warren added.

A poll in Massachusetts released Monday gave Warren a 57 percent approval rating, according to MassLive.com.

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