Donald Trump Fires Back at Elizabeth Warren With Past Critique of Hillary Clinton

The Massachusetts Democrat hasn’t always been in Clinton’s corner.

ByABC News
June 10, 2016, 5:00 PM

— -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren may be ready to get into the general election battle, backing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but the Massachusetts Democrat hasn’t always been in Clinton’s corner.

In a 2004 interview with Bill Moyers, before Warren became a senator, she discussed meeting Clinton and her position on bankruptcy legislation at the time, then how she felt it changed when she became a senator.

“As Sen. Clinton, the pressures are very different,” she said in the 2004 interview. “It’s a well-financed industry. You know a lot of people don’t realize that the industry that gave the most money to Washington over the past few years was not the oil industry, was not pharmaceuticals. It was consumer credit products. Those are the people. The credit card companies have been giving money, and they have influence.”

Warren added, “She has taken money from the groups, and more to the point, she worries about them as a constituency.”

And Trump is already using Warren’s past comments to remind his Twitter followers that Warren was not always on Team Clinton. The presumptive Republican nominee tweeted a five-minute video of the Moyers interview on Friday.

“Pocahontas describing Crooked Hillary Clinton as a Corporate Donor Puppet. Time for change!” Trump tweeted with a link to the video.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Clinton about Warren’s comments in a February interview on “This Week.”

Clinton explained that she agreed to support the bankruptcy bill in return for a provision that would protect the rights of women receiving child support if their spouse went into bankruptcy.

“I have the greatest respect for Senator Warren. As I said, we did work together,” Clinton told Stephanopoulos. “I faced a choice. I could have said to the women who have been my advocates for 30 years, I'm sorry. I'm now in the Senate. But you know, I can't help you. Nobody else was helping them. They were desperate to get help. They were afraid that child support was going to be below credit card debt, that they were going to be really left out and left behind and badly damaged.”

Clinton added, “I got what I needed into the bill. It stayed in the bill, even in a bad version that I posed in 2005.”

Warren remained neutral throughout the Democratic primary fight, but offered her endorsement of Clinton Thursday night in an interview on “The Rachel Maddow Show” -- the same day President Obama endorsed Clinton and after she had secured enough delegates to clinch the Democratic Party’s nomination.