Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren unleashed a barrage of criticism against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling him a ''loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren unleashed a barrage of criticism against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling him a "loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud," in an address to the American Constitution Society on Thursday. Trump has been on the defensive since his comments last week about Mexican-American U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing fraud lawsuits against Trump University, the New York businessman's defunct real estate school. Trump has suggested that Curiel's heritage is influencing the judge's opinion about the case because of Trump's campaign rhetoric about illegal immigration. Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for the Nov. 8 presidential election, has pledged to seal the U.S.-Mexico border with a wall, and has said Mexico is sending rapists and drug dealers to the United States. "Trump is criticizing Judge Curiel for following the law, instead of bending it to suit the financial interest of one wealthy and oh-so-fragile defendant," she said. Warren said Trump is picking on someone ethically bound not to defend himself, "exactly what you would expect from a thin-skinned, racist bully." Warren concluded her remarks saying, "We will not allow a small, insecure thin-skinned want-to-be tyrant, or his allies in the Senate, to destroy the rule of law in the United States of America." Warren, like Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, is a progressive and fiery critic of Wall Street, and is preparing to endorse Clinton in the coming weeks after staying neutral in the Democratic primary, people familiar with her thinking told Reuters. A Warren endorsement of Clinton could come as early as Thursday night, a Boston Globe reporter said on Twitter, citing a Warren source. Clinton said she and Warren had similar views about key issues such as economic policy and protecting the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which Warren pushed to start. "I'm really pleased to have her good ideas and support," Clinton said of the Massachusetts senator.