Democrat presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren took aim at President Donald Trump on Sunday, saying he “may not even be a free person” by next year’s election.
The Massachusetts senator has largely avoided talking about Mr Trump since she began testing the waters for a campaign more than a month ago.
She has been a frequent target of the president, who has criticised her past claims to Native American heritage, including in a tweet on Saturday night.
During a campaign event in eastern Iowa, Ms Warren said the 2020 campaign should not be dominated by Mr Trump’s frequent attacks.
“Every day there is a racist tweet, a hateful tweet — something really dark and ugly,” she said.
“What are we as candidates, as activists, as the press, going to do about it?
“We’re going to chase after those every day?”
She continued: “Here’s what bothers me.
“By the time we get to 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president.
“In fact, he may not even be a free person.”
Ms Warren did not explain her comment, though she appeared to be referring to the multiple investigations that have shadowed Mr Trump’s presidency.
Mr Trump has not been charged with any crimes, but several of his former advisers have been pleaded guilty to a variety of charges.
Shortly after Ms Warren officially entered the race, the president went on Twitter.
“Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President,” Mr Trump tweeted.
“Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!”