Though Warren announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Monday, Friday's event had all the trappings of a full-blown campaign. "She's based her life on being a minority", Trump told a group of his supporters prior to Warren's taking a DNA test. Her husband declines a beer for himself. Many expressed deep frustrations over Trump administration policies and described a readiness to begin hearing from what's expected to be a sprawling Democratic field.
Warren's travels will continue with an event Saturday night in the state capital of Des Moines, followed by a meeting with female leaders on Sunday in the rapidly growing suburb of Ankeny.
Warren immediately seized on the article as fodder for a fundraising email, suggesting that the piece was just "beard-stroking" sexism and "Republican propaganda".
"We need somebody who is focusing on our generation", Bashore said.
Never mind the fact that Politico's article was written by a woman, who spoke directly to current and former Warren staffers, and addressed the idea that the comparisons to Clinton could be considered sexist.
In an interview with Fox News after she announced her presidential exploratory committee earlier this week, Trump skewered Warren over the test and said he would "love to run against her". Elizabeth Warren has hired Barack Obama's former chief digital strategist to help lead her emerging 2020 presidential campaign and has also recruited a Democratic operative with deep experience in Southern politics ahead of a long primary. On Thursday, he tweeted an image of a campaign-style logo showing Warren's name with a slogan, "1/2020th", which was a dig at the small amount of indigenous blood her recently released DNA test found her to have (She is between 1/64 and 1/1,024 Native American Indian, according to the results).
During an exchange with voters in Iowa, she was asked about the DNA test. "Who just want a chance to build an America that doesn't just work for a handful of folks at the top, but an America that works for all of us, and that's why I'm in this fight". It was also meant to silence the president's favorite nickname for the Harvard Law professor - "Pocahontas". She's certainly not the last candidate they'll be hearing from.More news: Donut Truck Goes Up In Flames, Police The Hardest Hit
Minnesota voter Jim Reinertson drove to Sioux City see Warren and praised her avoidance of the president, who he scathingly referred to as "Individual One".
"Show us your papers. It's all part of the right's disgusting effort to use race-baiting and fear-mongering to distract our country and divide our people while they rig the system for the rich and powerful", the website claims.
The controversy with Warren stems back to her early claims of having a Native American ancestor, one that she has stuck by despite critics accusing her of either exaggerating or outright fabricating those assertions.
It's a message that echoed with an audience in the working-class cities of Council Bluffs on Friday evening and Sioux City on Saturday morning and lit up the crowd in the liberal state capital of Des Moines Saturday evening.
Trump promised that, if he were to ever debate Warren in a general election, he'd give a million dollars to charity if Warren would take a test to prove her heritage. Tribal citizenship is difference from ancestry. She is not a citizen of any tribe.
But this weekend's trip will be her first swing through Iowa since she stumped for a Senate candidate there in 2014 - making her a latecomer to the state following visits by possible presidential candidates including Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, and a particularly buzzy speech by Cory Booker last fall.