Democrats are still hilariously considering Elizabeth Warren as a potential 2020 contender to unseat President Trump. According to The Hill, "it’s a question many Democrats are pondering."
While some Democrats think Warren excites progressives and is a proven fundraiser, others feel she may not be able to win back the Rust Belt that propelled President Trump to victory in 2016.
"I just can’t see a blue-collar, Rust Belt guy voting for her," said one Democratic strategist who has worked on presidential campaigns. "I think the party needs to be realistic about that."
President Trump became the first GOP candidate to win the Rust Belt since Reagan in 1984. Democrats will have a hard time winning the presidency without those states in 2020. The Democrats have few stars that can take on Trump, and the few stars they do have (Warren, Harris, etc.) will have little appeal among the working-class that Trump captured.
"Warren’s gender and her political identity as a voice on the left are both likely to be issues for primary voters sizing up Democratic candidates in potential head-to-head matchups with Trump," notes The Hill.
The senator from Massachusets is not without her advocates. Jesse Ferguson, former spokesman for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, said Warren "has a powerful economic message that resonates everywhere."
Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said Warren "has the ability to go straight at [Trump] on his economic policies," noting that President Trump's ongoing attacks on Warren are a sign he sees her as a threat.
"I think this man understands his brand very well and understands his populist appeal very, very well, and he realizes how threatening to him she is on his brand," Lake said.
Whether or not Trump sees Warren as a threat, his trolling of her has certainly taken its toll on her future prospects. His coining of the nickname "Pocahontas" over her alleged Native American heritage has stuck.