The White House is preparing for Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., as a possible challenger to President Donald Trump in 2020, The Hill is reporting.
Trump officials regularly circulate critical memos about her to reporters, according to The Hill. In addition, they are also working with the Republican National Committee in putting together a research file on the liberal senator and other potential Democratic candidates, according to the website.
"Elizabeth Warren is the perfect foil for the Trump administration," said Sam Nunberg, a former Trump campaign aide. "I always thought she would be the new Rosie (O'Donnell). Our base hates her; we think she's a joke. She's somebody to galvanize us."
Trump has not shied away from attacking Warren and regularly calls her "Pocahontas" in reference to her claims that she has Native-American ancestry, ABC News reported.
"I have a feeling that in the next election you're going to be swamped with candidates but you're not going to be wasting your time," Trump said at the NRA event in Atlanta.
"You'll have plenty of those Democrats coming over and you'll say, 'No, sir, no thank you. No, ma'am. It may be Pocahontas. Remember that? And she is not big for the NRA, that I can tell you."
Warren, who has been critical of Trump, shied away from addressing whether she is running in 2020 and insisted said she is concentrating on running for re-election next year.
Meanwhile, White House aides are convinced that labeling Warren as "out of touch" could stymie her as a Trump challenger, The Hill reported.
"Frankly speaking, having a pretty extreme, ideologically left-wing individual forming a role as the leader of the party is not the worst thing," one White House official said.
But some Democrats remain optimistic about Warren's chances against Trump, The Hill said.
"I think they underestimate her at their own peril," said Democratic strategist Jim Manley. "They may think their juvenile jokes and slurs about Pocahontas are cute, but once they start debating the issues, she is going to slice them six ways from Sunday."
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