Gearing up for a presidential run in 2020, Elizabeth Warren took aim at former president Barack Obama for the second time in two weeks when she called him out over his handling of the U.S. economy.
“I think President Obama, like many others in both parties, talk about a set of big national statistics that look shiny and great but increasingly have giant blind spots,” Warren told the Guardian.
“That GDP, unemployment, no longer reflect the lived experiences of most Americans.”
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 2, 2017
“And the lived experiences of most Americans is that they are being left behind in this economy. Worse than being left behind, they’re getting kicked in the teeth,” she added.
By the end of his presidency, Obama claimed that he grew the economy 11.5 percent more than its peak just before the financial crisis in 2007 and 2008. Obama cited statistics showing that the economy self-generated 15 million new jobs over the course of 75 consecutive months.
However, those statistics are skewed in that Obama’s Labor Department measured their “success” against the economy under former president George W. Bush when the U.S. suffered a recession. Shockingly enough, Warren called Obama out for boasting about inflated statistics.
Warren took dead aim at other Democrats being hypocrites for aligning themselves with the wealthy.
“I think there are real differences between the Republicans and the Democrats here in the United States,” Warren said. “The Republicans have clearly thrown their lot in with the rich and the powerful, but so have a lot of Democrats.”
Warren criticized Obama just last week after it was revealed that he was paid $400,000 to give a speech to Wall Street bank Cantor Fitzgerald.
Former President Obama's $400K Wall Street speech stuns liberal base; Sen. Warren saying she "was troubled by that" pic.twitter.com/mEc9YZr1pD
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“I was troubled by that,” Warren said.
Ironically, Warren hasn’t made any mention of the fact that she was paid $429,981 to teach one course at Harvard in 2011 and received $134,000 in “consulting fees” on legal cases just before becoming a United States Senator in 2012.
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