Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, told Stephen Colbert on CBS’ “The Late Show” that the economy is in “real trouble” and “calling on Donald Trump for help is like, if your house is on fire, calling an arsonist to come help out.”
Moments earlier, Colbert had tried to compare Warren to the leading GOP candidate for what he said was their shared view on how Wall Street should not be able to get away with what Trump often labels “murder” when criticizing hedge funds in particular.
Warren, a leader of the progressive wing in Congress, didn’t buy it.
“Let’s be real clear. Donald Trump is looking out for exactly one guy, and that guy’s name is Donald Trump,” she said.
Colbert pointed out various tweets from the liberal Massachusetts senator attacking Trump, questioning her engagement in political name calling.
In particular, the host looked at a few tweets from March 21 in which she calls Trump a “loser.”
One tweet from Warren said: “The way I see it, it’s our job to make sure @realDonaldTrump ends this campaign every bit the loser he started it.”
Colbert asked Warren if she is just getting down “in the schoolyard with Donald Trump.”
“This isn’t name calling,” Warren told Colbert. “This is taking the credential that he claims he’s running on and that is his business success and saying, ‘No, buster. We’re not buying that.’ He is not a business success. He is a business loser.”
Warren took a different tone when talking about her own party’s primary race.
“Democrats are out there fighting over the things that affect America’s families,” she told Colbert.
She emphasized the debate between both Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about paying for higher education.
“They’re talking about should it be free college or debt-free college. God bless. That is the right place to have the discussion,” Warren said. “The Democrats are doing exactly what we should be doing. We’re out talking about the issues that affect hardworking families: student loans, Social Security, more cops on Wall Street, trade.”
As for which Democratic candidate she plans to endorse, Warren didn’t budge on her decision so far to remain neutral. The senator refused to pick between Sanders and Clinton after Colbert’s couple of attempts to goad her into a camp.
Colbert ended his interview asking if Clinton supporters should support Sanders if he’s nominated and vise versa.
“Totally, yes. Both ways,” Warren said.