Politics

Warren: Trump Won’t Shut Me Up on CFPB

Comes after president made Native American slur

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., attends the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee confirmation hearing for Jerome Powell, nominee to be chairman of the Federal Reserve, in Hart Building on November 28, 2017. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said President Donald Trump making a racial slur would not prevent her from criticizing his actions at the consumer agency that was her brainchild.

Trump was speaking at a Monday event honoring Native American code talkers from World War II when he referred to Warren as “Pocahontas.”

Trump has frequently referred to Warren by that name in relation to a question about her heritage that stemmed from her 2012 Senate campaign.

Speaking at a rally in front of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to criticize Trump’s appointment of Mick Mulvaney to act as interim director of the bureau, Warren called out his remarks.

“He had to throw in a racial slur,” Warren said.

The Massachusetts Democrat who has become a favorite of the liberal wing of the party said maybe the president made the remarks to “shut me up.”

Watch: Trump Breaks Out ‘Pocahontas’ Nickname for Warren During Native American Event

“Maybe to keep me from talking about the consumer agency today, maybe to keep me from talking about the tax bill that would favor giant corporations, but he’s wrong,” she said.

Trump frequently called Warren “Pocahontas” on the campaign trail and has tweeted it was “very racist” that she “pretended” to be a Native American to advance her career.

“I think this is about Donald Trump hoping that the press and everyone else will talk about something other than his efforts to take the legs out from underneath an agency that’s out there working for American families,” she said. 

The bureau is considered to be the brainchild of Warren, who advocated its creation as a law professor. She also helped set up the agency that was created after the passage of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law.

“For Donald Trump, he wants the focus to stay on anything other than his record,” Warren said.

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