Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) officially endorsed Hillary Clinton on Thursday night, emphasizing the importance of keeping Donald Trump out of the White House.
Appearing on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Warren said she is ready to “fight her heart out” for Clinton’s campaign.
“As a Democrat, one of the things that frustrates me the most is there are a lot of times we don’t get in the fight,” she said. “I get the reason that you should be willing to negotiate sometimes. But you also ought to be willing to throw a punch. And there are a lot of things that people say about Hillary Clinton. But nobody says that she doesn’t know how to throw a punch.”
Warren called for unity in the Democratic Party, although she did not say Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) should drop out. As many who have endorsed Clinton have done, Warren applauded Sanders’ ability to get young people excited about the election and for injecting important ideas to the primary contest.
“He ran a campaign where he took these issues and he really thrust them into the spotlight,” she said. “And he also brought — these are issues near and dear to my heart. And he brought millions of people into the political process, he brought millions of people into the Democratic Party. And for me, that’s what this is all about.”
Warren said that despite media reports, she has not had any meetings with Clinton about possibly being her running mate. But she said that if she was to be vice president, she would be ready. She is scheduled to meet with Clinton Friday morning.
In light of her Twitter feuds with Trump, it came as no surprise that Warren also had many harsh words for the presumptive GOP nominee during the interview.
“He is a threat economically to this country,” she said. “But he is a threat to who we are as a people. There is ugly side to Donald Trump that we all have to stop and think about what’s going on here. It’s a person who is an insecure money-grubber who cares about nothing but himself. He doesn’t care who gets hurt. As long as he makes a profit off it. That cannot, cannot be the man who leads the United States of America.”
She warned that while Democrats feel safe with Trump as the nominee, they should be taking him seriously and not call the general election for Clinton just yet.
“Look, the Republicans underestimated and underestimated and underestimated Donald Trump,” she said. “Look where that got them.”