(6 Mar 2020) President Donald Trump laced into former Democratic candidate Elizabeth Warren on Friday, insisting that sexism wasn't to blame for the end of the Massachusetts senator's presidential campaign.
Speaking to reporters as he signed an emergency $8.3 billion funding package to help tackle the coronavirus outbreak, Trump was asked whether he thought sexism had anything to do with Warren's departure from the race.
"No, I think lack of talent was her problem. She has a tremendous lack of talent," Trump responded. The president commended her debate performances, saying she "was a good debater" who had "destroyed" the candidacy of former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg "like it was nothing."
"But people don't like her," he went on to say. "She's a very mean person. ... People don't want that. They like a person like me, that's not mean."
Trump has a long history of less-than-kind comments. While he has defended himself as an equal-opportunity insulter, Trump has had some particularly harsh comments about women, going after their physical appearances, comparing them to animals and seeming to dwell on their attacks on him.
Warren, who had been seen as the one-time Democratic front-runner, dropped out of the race Thursday after a disappointing showing in early-state voting, including failing to win a single Super Tuesday state.
Trump also warned about former vice president Joe Biden, calling him "left-wing" and in many ways, "worse than Bernie" Sanders.
Trump said Biden would attempt to get rid of guns and "raise taxes incredibly."
"He'll destroy everything that's been built," Trump said.
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