Elizabeth Warren Says ‘F Trump’ in Occupy Interview


Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) said during a Thursday Facebook Live interview that President Donald Trump deserves a "grade lower than F" for his first year in office and punctuated her point by adding, "So, F Trump."

Warren was asked in her interview with the founders of Occupy Democrats, a popular liberal Facebook page with the aim of merging the "goals and interests" of Occupy Wall Street with those of the Democratic Party, how she would judge Trump's first year in office.

"F," said Warren, as the two men nodded. "I don't know, is there a grade lower than F? F is as low as it gets, but for Trump I would look for something lower than F and I'll tell you why."

Warren said her grade was about both what Trump does and says, and entered into a discussion on how the recently passed tax legislation gives a "trillion and a half dollars" to the "thinnest slice at the top and then makes everyone else pay for it."

"So, F Trump," Warren said to laughter.

Warren's press secretary Lacey Rose said in an email after publication of this article that the "F" was only in reference to the grade.

"Senator Warren’s F was in reference to what grade she would give the President," Rose said. "She answered that she would give an F to Trump."

Warren later in the interview said the host was "exactly correct" when he complained that the parts of the tax bill "that do benefit the average person are just temporary."

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), a favorite of the Occupy movement, similarly said recently that the middle-class tax cuts were a "very good thing" and should be made permanent.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tex.) responded by introducing legislation to make the individual tax cut permanent, but it has yet to receive support from any Democratic senators. Warren's office did not respond to questions on the proposal.

Warren complained during the interview that the tax code forces businesses to move assets overseas to make profits.

"We're really running a complex tax scheme where the way you want to make real money is to move your assets overseas and do some reverse half-nelson off the high dive—small businesses can't do that," she said.

Apple announced on Wednesday that, as a result of the tax bill, it was bringing hundreds of billions in overseas cash back to the United States and paying $38 billion in taxes for the move. The tech giant also said it would be investing $30 billion in capital spending in the United States over the next five years and adding 20,000 jobs.

At the height of the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011, Warren took credit for creating the "intellectual foundation" of the movement and said she supported it.

Warren has previously stated that her favorite curse word is "poop."

UPDATE 4:43 p.m.: This post was updated to include comment from Sen. Warren's office.

Brent Scher   Email Brent | Full Bio | RSS
Brent Scher is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. He graduated from the University of Virginia, where he studied foreign affairs and politics.

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