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Warren: Trump 'may not even be a free person' by 2020

CNN logo CNN 2/10/2019 By MJ Lee, CNN National Politics Reporter
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), announces her official bid for President onFebruary9, 2019 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Warren announced today that she was launching her 2020 presidential campaign. © Scott Eisen/Getty Images Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), announces her official bid for President onFebruary9, 2019 in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Warren announced today that she was launching her 2020 presidential campaign.

President Donald Trump might be in jail by the time Election Day comes around, Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren said on her first full day of campaigning as a declared presidential candidate.

"By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be President," Warren said to voters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, gathered at the Veterans Memorial Building. "In fact, he may not even be a free person."

The moment marked a notable shift for Warren, who has been reluctant to take on Trump directly by name since she announced her exploratory campaign on New Year's Eve.

Lamenting that the country is in a "dangerous moment," the Massachusetts Democrat said, "What happens in 2020 is going to determine the direction of our nation, the direction of our people."

"Every day, there's a racist tweet, a hateful tweet, something really dark and ugly," Warren said of Trump. "And what are we, as candidates, as activists, the press, going to do about it? Are we going to let him use those to divide us?"

Warren officially launched her campaign in Massachusetts on Saturday, where she issued a challenge to the super wealthy and called Trump "just the latest and most extreme symptom of what's gone wrong in America."

Warren's weekend kickoff saw her formally joining a growing field of candidates for the Democratic Party's presidential nomination as the group competes for the opportunity to unseat Trump

CNN's Eli Watkins contributed to this report.

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