On MSNBC, it took Elizabeth Warren less than a half a minute to define and destroy Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney.
The clip of Elizabeth Warren’s take down of Mitt Romney:
Lawrence O’Donnell asked Elizabeth Warren about Scott Brown’s statement that Mitt Romney is in an income category that people don’t understand. O’Donnell asked Warren if she understood Romney’s income category, and she answered, “Yeah, actually, I think I do understand it, and that is that Mitt Romney pays fourteen percent of income in taxes, and people who get out there and work for a living pay twenty five, twenty eight, thirty, thirty three percent. I get it. Mitt Romney gets a better deal than any of the rest of us, because he manages to earn his income in a way that has been specially protected for rich folks. I think that’s wrong.”
Elizabeth Warren perfectly showcased why Mitt Romney will never be elected president. It took her about 30 seconds to define and destroy the Republican frontrunner. Warren made it easy to understand that Mitt Romney pays less in taxes because he gets — and the rest of the super rich get — special treatment. She also made the moral argument that it is wrong from Romney to get better treatment than people who go out and work for a living every day.
Anyone who has watched the Republican debates this year understands that Mitt Romney struggles to answer questions about his taxes, wealth, and investments. His excuse for investing Fannie, Freddie, and Goldman Sachs when it was brought up during the most recent debate was that it was his trustee’s fault that he had these investments and a Swiss bank account. The problem is that Romney’s answers usually take minutes to deliver, seem evasive, and are never clear.
Warren’s explanation of why Romney pays less in taxes than most Americans was a quick and simple dagger to the the heart that was easy to understand.
The right has been screaming class warfare every time Warren’s name is mentioned, but what they don’t get is that most Americans have been feeling like they have been under attack for decades. The conservative agenda of keeping wealth at the top has made live harder for every other American. Elizabeth Warren speaks to and for all of those people who are fighting to survive. No one in American politics discusses inequality better than she does.
Here’s the complete interview from MSNBC:
Some people may think there was nothing amazing about what Warren did, but consider that she managed to gut the entire premise of a presidential campaign in less time than most campaign ads run in. Elizabeth Warren effectively undid what it has taken Mitt Romney and his supporters millions of dollars to build.
Mitt Romney, Scott Brown, the Republican Party, and their conservative billionaire backers have a problem, and her name is Elizabeth Warren.