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Elizabeth Warren Calls President Trump A White Supremacist

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a candidate forum on labor issues Aug. 3 in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a candidate forum on labor issues Aug. 3 in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP)

Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren reportedly had a simple answer when asked if she thinks the president is a white supremacist: "Yes."

Warren told The New York Times at a campaign stop in Iowa Wednesday that she thinks President Trump not only fits the label himself, but has also "given aid and comfort to white supremacists."

"He's done the wink and a nod," she told the Times. "He has talked about white supremacists as fine people. He's done everything he can to stir up racial conflict and hatred in this country."

The Democratic presidential candidate's comments came two days after Trump denounced white supremacy in the wake of two mass shootings.

"In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy," Trump said in prepared remarks Monday.

Trump on Wednesday visited El Paso, Texas, where 22 people were killed and dozens more were injured by a gunman who authorities say posted a white supremacist and anti-immigrant screed online. The president was met by protesters who partially blamed the attack on his rhetoric.

But as he left Washington for his visit to the grieving community, the president denied that the language he's used had anything to do with the mass shooting.

"I think my rhetoric brings people together," he told reporters, adding that he's concerned about "the rise of any group of hate ... whether it's white supremacy, any type of supremacy, antifa," referring to loosely organized left-wing groups.

Warren isn't the first Democratic 2020 hopeful to call Trump a white supremacist. When asked by MSNBC if he would label the president that way, former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke plainly said: "He is."

Also campaigning in Iowa Wednesday, former Vice President Joe Biden said Trump has "fanned the flames of white supremacy."

New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker visited the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday, where a white supremacist fatally shot nine black churchgoers in 2015. Booker also accused Trump of feeding hatred, saying the Texas shooting was "sowed by those who spoke the same words as the El Paso murderer did, warning of an 'invasion.' "

On Aug. 10, Rep. Seth Moulton also tweeted that he thinks Trump is a white supremacist, adding that "his justice department is covering for white supremacists."

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