America might be less than two months into a new presidential administration, but both Democrats and Republicans are already thinking about the 2020 elections. And while it may be too soon to call who the Democratic nominee will be, a new report claims that former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has asked Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts to run.
“In his first official act, Trump appointed a man who is seen as a champion of white supremacy as the No. 1 strategist in his White House,” Reid said of President Donald Trump's ascension to the presidency, reports The New York Times. “As long as a champion of racial division is a step away from the Oval Office it will be impossible to take Trump’s efforts to heal the nation seriously.”
Speaking at a meeting of the Democratic Alliance a week after the election, Warren made her strategy for the coming years clear.
“People want someone to fight for them -- that’s why they voted for Donald Trump," Warren said, an attendee of the meeting paraphrased to the Times. "He might not actually do it, but he said he would fight for them. On trade, in American politics, we’ve gotten where we either look like we’re all about free trade without any empathy for people who have lost their jobs, or we’re rabid nationalist-protectionists. We need to build a policy in between. In 2016, we did not come out clear. When we are clear about what we believe, when we fight for people, we’ll win.”
“That’s my lady!" Mary Christopher, a 76-year-old African American woman in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, told the Boston Globe of Warren. "She’s got the oompf and she’s got the power. When she talks, everybody listens. She needs to run. She has a strong voice. She makes you know that she is for you.”
Accordin to The New York Times continued, Reid viewed Warren as a rising star.
Reid brought Warren onto the Democratic Senate leadership team in 2014, and she was one of the people he most trusted to keep the Senate caucus on its bearings through the difficult weather ahead. Shortly before Thanksgiving, he summoned Warren to the minority leader’s office. When she arrived, the room was littered with art supplies; on an easel was a half-finished portrait of Reid that would be unveiled at his retirement party the following month. Its subject was preoccupied with the future of the party to which he had dedicated decades of his life. Reid told Warren she needed to think seriously about running for president in 2020. “He was worried in November,” Warren told me recently. “For me, it was so important to make clear: We will fight back -- we will fight back. We’re not here to make this normal.”
Yet, despite the momentum building behind Warren and a 2020 run, a February Politico/Morning Consult poll pitted the Massachusetts senator against President Trump. The result? Respondents favored Trump to Warren by a margin of 42 percent to 36 percent.