Sen. Elizabeth Warren suggested that presidential candidates who lie would not represent the American people.
“How could the American people want someone who lies to them?” the Massachusetts Democrat told reporters in Iowa on Sunday when asked if it is disqualifying for a presidential candidate to lie about anything.
“I think that — that we just do our best out there every day, and I hope that’s what happens with everyone,” she added.
“How could the American people want someone who lies to them?” @ewarren says after I asked if it’s disqualifying for a presidential candidate to lie to the American people about anything pic.twitter.com/b4AxH5Bq1m
— Zak Hudak (@cbszak) January 19, 2020
Warren’s comment came in the wake of a dispute between her and fellow left-wing presidential candidate Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders over what he said to her in a private meeting in 2018. Warren alleged that Sanders said he did not think a woman could win the presidency in 2020, while Sanders vehemently denied making the statement.
The two senators expressed a desire to move past the feud for fear of fracturing liberal supporters with just weeks until the Feb. 3 Iowa caucuses, but a “hot mic” moment captured after a Democratic presidential debate last week suggested that there is unresolved tension between the candidates.
“I think you called me a liar on national TV,” Warren told Sanders.
Warren did not directly address Sanders in her Sunday remarks, leaving room to interpret her comments as a knock against President Trump rather than any of her primary competitors.
The 2020 Democrat has faced allegations of untruthfulness about her personal history throughout her presidential bid. She apologized for prior claims to Native American identity after a DNA test revealed she had one Native American ancestor six to 10 generations ago; stuck by her oft-repeated story that she was fired from her first teaching job for being “visibly pregnant,” despite records indicating she resigned; and told a pro-charter school protester that her children went to public school even though her son attended an elite private school for at least one year.