I’m sorry, what?
Courtesy of CNN:
President Donald Trump might be in jail by the time Election Day comes around, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said on her first full day of campaigning as a declared presidential candidate.
“By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be President,” Warren said to voters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, gathered at the Veterans Memorial Building. “In fact, he may not even be a free person.”
The moment marked a notable shift in tone for Warren, who has been reluctant to take on Trump directly by name since she announced her exploratory campaign on New Year’s Eve.
Lamenting that the country is in a “dangerous moment,” the Massachusetts Democrat said, “What happens in 2020 is going to determine the direction of our nation, the direction of our people.”
“Every day, there’s a racist tweet, a hateful tweet, something really dark and ugly,” Warren said of Trump. “And what are we, as candidates, as activists, the press, going to do about it? Are we going to let him use those to divide us?”
It should be noted that Warren does not appear to have access to any information that the rest of us don’t have, so her observation is likely based on the reporting that we have all seen and not some top secret evidence available only to people in high places.
Having said that I think she likely makes a valid point.
There is definitely a chance that Trump will be either too embroiled in scandal to run for office or in fact have been removed from office before 2020.
I do kind of think that Warren’s remarks were inspired by a rather nasty tweet that Trump sent out yesterday.
Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019
Some have suggested that Trump’s emphasis on the word “trail” is likely a reference to the famous “Trail of Tears” that the Native American people endured when they were forced to march from their ancestral homes to a reservation. Essentially a fourth of them died during that march.
I don’t know if he is even that cognizant of history, but it was a shitty thing to tweet anyhow.