The Right Wing

GOP Congressman Fears Elizabeth Warren, Makes Trump-esque Comment About How to Stop Her

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer calls Warren the "Darth Vader of the financial services world."

Elizabeth Warren speaking at Carroll Manor, Takoma Park, Maryland, April 21, 2012
Photo Credit: Edward Kimmel/Flickr CC

At a meeting of the American Bankers Association on Wednesday, GOP Missouri Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer called Wall Street critic Elizabeth Warren the "Darth Vader of the financial services world" and said that banks had to find a way to "neuter" the Massachusetts senator. The comments were reported by Washington Examiner reporter Joseph Lawler.

Luetkemeyer is a senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and has strong ties to the finance industry. He sponsored the CLEAR Act, a bill that would deregulate community banks, and he has led multiple congressional efforts to protect the payday loan industry. A 2015 report on payday lobbyists ranked him as one of the top 10 biggest recipients of payday lobby money.

Warren is currently pressuring Washington to vote on her SAVE Benefits Act, which would give Social Security recipients a raise this year. She also recently criticized the Department of Education for protecting student loan companies. Moves like these presumably upset the financial industry, but Luetkemeyer's language indicates that insiders perceive Warren as a sizable threat to their interests.

Common Dreams ran a statement from Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of the national women's group UltraViolet:

Comments like these, which sound eerily similar to something that Donald Trump would say, have no place in American politics and speak to the impact that Donald Trump is having on the discourse coming out of the Republican party. Luetkemeyer should immediately apologize to Senator Warren for his offensive language. There is plenty of room for disagreement in Washington, but resorting to sexist name-calling should have no place in our political discourse.

Michael Arria covers labor and social movements. Follow him on Twitter: @michaelarria

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