Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) is a wealthy Harvard professor who doesn’t like Wall Street and is very concerned about income inequality. She frequently uses her Facebook page, where she has almost 2.5 million followers, to post rants about the finance industry.
Earlier this month, she ranted against President-elect Donald Trump’s “economic team of Wall Street insiders,” and singled out a “hedge fund billionaire” named Whitney Tilson, who recently (sort of) praised Trump for “appointing people from within the system.”
Rich financiers like Tilson “are thrilled by Donald Trump’s economic team of Wall Street insiders,” Warren wrote. “Wilson knows that, despite all the stunts and rhetoric, Donald Trump isn’t going to change the economic system. . .If Trump gets his way, the next four years are going to be a bonanza for the Whitney Tilsons of the world.”
The New York Times recently pointed out “one rather glaring problem” with Warren’s rant against Tilson: The person she was attacking is one of the only Wall Street insiders who has donated money to Elizabeth Warren.
Tilson, a lifelong Democrat who is far from being a billionaire, vocally opposed Donald Trump during the election, and even donated $1,000 to Hillary Clinton’s campaign — the price of admission to a fundraising event at which Warren was a featured speaker.
Tilson was reportedly shocked when he learned about the Facebook post and wasn’t happy about being targeted by a politician he actively supports.
“I’ve donated money to her, attended her events, and did everything in my power to stop Donald Trump,” Tilson told the New York Times. “In addition, I agree with her 100 percent that large swaths of the financial industry have run amok and prey on vulnerable Americans.”
It get worse. Tilson’s wife was apparently a student in one of the first classes Warren taught at Harvard Law School in 1992, and remains a big fan of her former professor. Both Tilsons penned letters to the senator’s office to express their dismay about the Facebook post and to ask Warren to take it down.
Warren’s office responded in an email that the Facebook post would be edited to remove the word “billionaire” in the interest of factual accuracy. The post has not been taken down.
Tilson said he feels personally “betrayed” by the senator. “By engaging in factually inaccurate, ad hominem attacks, she’s getting down into the gutter with Trump,” he said. “This is misguided and counterproductive.”
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