Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s lack of “authenticity” in her attempt to be “one of the people” may actually end up working in President Donald Trump’s favor.
Washington Times opinion editor Charles Hurt discussed the advantage to Trump following Warren’s release of a “creepy” video during a segment Tuesday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
Hours after announcing she was forming an exploratory committee to consider a presidential run in 2020, the Massachusetts Democrat launched what was supposed to look like a spontaneous Instagram livestream. A low-energy Warren spoke about her decision, talked with her husband and even cracked open a beer in the video.
“Hold on a sec, I’m going to get me a beer. I’m going to pull up a stool and sit down,” Warren said in the video apparently streaming from her home.
7 PM on New Years Eve and Elizabeth Warren is drinking a beer in her kitchen on Instagram Live. pic.twitter.com/V1X3i7fpyk
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The “Fox & Friends” set could hardly handle the video which co-host Rachel Campos-Duffy said was just “so painful to watch.”
“Imagine a Donald Trump announcement video or any kind of announcement, and you think of the electricity that’s involved, the authenticity that’s involved, and you compare that to this,” Hurt agreed. “It’s almost kind of creepy.”
The Fox News contributor slammed Warren’s livestream as “low-energy” and “devoid of anything that seems real whatsoever.” He noted that the lawmaker, dubbed “Pocahontas” by Trump, seemed to be trying to follow Democrats like former Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke and freshman New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in appealing to social media users.
“You know, some people they may not know anything that they are talking about, but at least they are very natural at this sort of stuff,” Hurt said. “These class warfare things don’t do very well under any circumstances.”
Hurt compared Warren’s contrived personality on video to that of Trump.
“You can say what you want to about the guy, but, man, he really does have a pulse of the people and he is somebody who is not afraid to stand up for those people. And he will make any, you know, he will fight any fight he needs to fight on their behalf,” he said.
The president admitted he looked forward to Warren vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, telling Fox News on Monday that it would be a “wonderful thing for me.”
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“That authenticity Donald Trump spits this stuff out 10 times a minute. It’s all very natural and obviously very offensive to some people. People get all upset about it, but it’s very natural. You compare that authenticity to ‘I’m going to go get a beer.’ It’s — the juxtaposition is only to Trump’s advantage.”