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I remember watching, from the crowded bleachers in an auditorium in Lowell, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren’s first debate for public office. Even then, she was the up-and-coming star in the Democratic Party, as fiery in her denunciations of Wall Street greed as she was well-versed in labyrinthian corporate bankruptcy law.

In 2008, Warren was appointed chair of the congressional oversight panel monitoring the bailout of capsized Wall Street firms, and in 2010 she began a long, hard fight for the Consumer Financial Protection bureau — a battle she won, though one she continues to wage though her successful bid for the Senate, notably won without super PAC help.

Given her history as a fierce fighter for the crucial minutiae in financial regulations, it’s no surprise that Warren has emerged as one of Donald Trump’s fiercest critics. Her Twitter wars with Twitter’s biggest bully make for good blog fodder, but her pointed attacks against Trump in speeches show how important Warren will be in fighting back against Trump’s pro-corporate, anti-regulatory con of a platform.

Elizabeth Warren knows a con when she sees one. And last night, she told the assembled crowd at the Center for Popular Democracy’s annual gala just why Trump could never lead the largest economy in the world.

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