Sen. Elizabeth Warren took a veiled shot at Hillary Clinton Sunday, defiantly claiming she wouldn’t let President Trump get “handsy” with her during any debates.
The 2020 Democratic hopeful was referencing a moment from the 2016 election in which Clinton alleged Trump had violated her personal space during one of the presidential debates.
Warren made the comments during a campaign event in Seattle, prompted by a fan who wanted to know how she plans to defeat the president, whom they defined as a “bottom feeder.”
“How do you effectively counter a bottom feeder like Trump, where there’s no low that’s too low, without getting down there with him and sacrificing your own high ideals?” the supporter asked, eliciting cheers from the audience.
“I know how to fight and I know how to win,” Warren responded. “You don’t back down from a bully. … Nobody’s getting behind me on a debate stage and doing a handsy thing. That’s not happening.” (RELATED: Hillary Claims Trump Made Her ‘Skin Crawl’ During Debate)
Hillary Said Trump Was a ‘Creep’
Warren’s response was a thinly disguised swipe at Clinton, who claimed Trump was trying to intimidate her during a town hall-style debate in 2016 by hovering around her.
It “was not okay,” Clinton claimed of Trump’s actions in her book ‘What Happened.’
She even drew a link between Trump’s actions and allegations in the media of him groping women. “Two days before, the world heard him brag about groping women,” Clinton wrote. “Now we were on a small stage and no matter where I walked, he followed me closely, staring at me, making faces.”
“What would you do?” she asked readers. “Do you stay calm, keep smiling and carry on as if he weren’t repeatedly invading your space? Or do you turn, look him in the eye and say loudly and clearly: ‘Back up you creep, get away from me. I know you love to intimidate women, but you can’t intimidate me, so back up.’” (RELATED: Elizabeth Warren Wants Reparations For Gay Couples Too)
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A Handsy Thing
Warren asserting that she would not be intimidated is effectively accusing Hillary of being intimidated, unwilling to call Trump out. But we’re not quite sure where either one is under the impression the president has any desire to get “handsy” with them.
They must be thinking of Hillary’s husband.
Meanwhile, Warren argued that the Democratic nominee has to be willing to call the president out, but must fire back with more depth of content than simply being anti-Trump.
“We should make sure people understand where he stands. When he’s ugly, we can call him out,” she told the crowd. “But that’s not enough. It’s not enough to be Not Trump.”
Cross posted at the Mental Recession