During his speech to the National Rifle Association in Atlanta, President Donald Trump declared that he believes that his presidential opponent in 2020 will be Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). When he issued the prediction, he referred to the outspoken progressive firebrand as “Pocahontas,” a nickname he first used for Warren during the 2016 presidential campaign.
He said, “It may be Pocahontas,” when noting that Warren is not a supporter of the NRA.
Progressive Democrats have discussed her possible candidacy before. In addition, Warren was one of the most outspoken critics of Trump and fellow Republicans throughout the 2016 election cycle and into the hearings for Trump’s nominees to his Cabinet. Even before Hillary Clinton won the Democratic nomination last year, Warren was already a significant opponent to Trump.
Warren, a former professor who was appointed by former Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to chair the Congressional Oversight Panel to oversee the implementation of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, has positioned herself as an anti-Wall Street zealot who advocates banking regulations. She has characterized Trump as a false populist who has taken advantage of working class voters, whom Hillary Clinton called “deplorables.”
Warren has been non-committal about running in 2020, thus convincing some observers to conclude that she will wait until being re-elected to the Senate in 2018. She recently published a book, titled “This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class,” which has led to speculation that she will use it as a launching pad for the White House.
Trump referred to Warren as “Pocahontas” after news circulated that she had once claimed to have Native American ancestry. He is the first president to speak to the NRA since Ronald Reagan.