Elizabeth Warren is clearly relishing her role as social-media battering ram. Today she took to Donald Trump's forum of choice — Twitter — to meet him head-on.
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee kicked off the exchange when he turned to Twitter to label the Massachusetts Senator a "total hypocrite" for criticizing his real estate dealings. That's an apparent reference to a Boston Herald report that Warren, a prominent critic of predatory banks, took part in about a dozen real estate deals in Oklahoma that netted her some tidy profits.
@elizabethforma Goofy Elizabeth Warren, sometimes known as Pocahontas, bought foreclosed housing and made a quick killing. Total hypocrite!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 25, 2016
Warren responded by using the social media platform to recycle some anti-Trump barbs — including her critique of a 2007 remark in which Trump welcomed the looming real estate crash as a business opportunity — delivered in a speech Tuesday night at the Center for Popular Democracy's annual gala.
That was the start of an hour-long tweetstorm in which she adopted the kind of confrontational style that Trump has made the hallmark of his campaign.
If @realDonaldTrump actually believes every stupid lie he reads on the Internet, we’re in for a truckload of trouble if he’s President.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) May 25, 2016
Anytime someone calls out @realDonaldTrump, he replies with right-wing conspiracies & lies. It’s not presidential - & getting very old.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) May 25, 2016
Fling as much mud as you want, @realDonaldTrump. Your words & actions disqualify you from being President - & I won't stop saying it.— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) May 25, 2016
Some Democrats are hoping that Warren's grandstanding could be an audition for a spot on the 2016 ticket as Hillary Clinton's running mate. Her credentials as a Wall Street watchdog could help assuage the progressive wing of the party.
This article originally appeared on Recode.net.