Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton failed in her bid to become president in 2016 because middle and working class Americans did not believe she was on their side, according to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
The senator made the comments in an interview with USA Today ahead of the April 18 launch of her book, "This Fight Is Our Fight."
She wrote in the book that middle and working class people, who had suffered job losses and lost opportunities, were not convinced Clinton would stand up for them. She added that everyone had to accept responsibility for this.
"All of us. the Democrats. We didn't make the case," she said.
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She went on to explain that the purpose of her book has changed since she started writing it.
"Look, I started this book probably 15 years ago, because it's the big story about building a middle class and then tearing it down, and why it happened, and how it happened," said Warren. "And, sure, for much of the time that I was working on it, I thought it would be Hillary Clinton in the White House. I thought it would be important that she be able to see that arc and that, you know, some good, strong opportunities available for the things she would be able to do, and the team she would put together would be able to do."
Warren was encouraged to put her name forward as a presidential candidate for the Democrats in 2016 but chose not to.
She refused to engage in speculation as to what might have happened if she had decided to run.
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"I don't know, I don't know, and it's again, we are where we are," she added. "[President] Donald Trump has only been here, not even 100 days yet -- God, it's like dog years or something, it feels like so much has gone on. We've got to get focused on what we're going to do in the next week, in the next month. This man is truly dangerous."
Warren is running for her Massachusetts seat again in 2018 and rumors are already circulating about a possible presidential bid in 2020.
"The direction that Donald Trump and his team want to drive this country is a direction that I don't think America's middle class can survive," she said.
The conservative America Rising political action committee unveiled the "Elizabeth Warren Initiative" April 17, which it says is aimed at making "Warren's life difficult during her 2018 Senate re-election contest" and trying "to damage her 2020 prospects," according to The Washington Times.
Colin Reed, the executive director of America Rising, alleged that Warren's book tour was merely a first step to bigger plans.
"With an eye-popping $9.2 million dollar war chest, including a $5.3 million haul during the first quarter of 2017, Warren will have a bottomless pit of cash to intimidate other would-be presidential hopefuls," Reed said. "She will use her unlimited funds to try and repair her political image, and this book tour is the first start."