Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein.
Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein on Tuesday appeared to double down the use of racist language targeting Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren, who has claimed to have Native Americans.
"If I could, I would just bury the hatch and move on," Blankfein said during an interview on CNBC's "Halftime Report."
Blankfein, 65, last week on Twitter said of Warren that "maybe tribalism is just in her DNA," citing the Massachusetts senator's new presidential campaign ad that promoted her proposed wealth tax.
Blankfein was asked by CNBC's Scott Wapner on Tuesday whether that tweet was a dig for her claims of Native American heritage. deny that it was.
"It's like looking at a piece of Impressionist art. You ask," What was the artist thinking? "It's really for you to take away," Blankfein said with a smile.
Pressed on the meaning of the tweet, Blankfein said, "The message is standing."
Later in the interview, when asked about the tone of the apparent battle of "Warren versus Wall Street," Blankfein seemed to take things further. He defended one of Warren's biggest critics, billionaire hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman, saying the spat with Warren did not "bother me."
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Warren, who gained fame for his efforts to regulate big banks in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, has targeted billionaires through his campaign to unseat President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
She has proposed a progressive property tax on net worth starting at $ 50 million, and has mocked the complaints of the wealthy deterrents who say her plan would hurt the economy.
Blankfein appears in a Warren campaign ad alongside other billionaires such as TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts and PayPal founder Peter Thiel.
A text overlay that reads "EARNED $ 70 MILLION UNDER THE FINANCIAL CRASH" flashes over Blankfein's face in the ad.
Blankfein's net worth is listed as $ 1.3 billion in Warren's ad.
One of Warren's greatest critics, billionaire hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman, wrote her a long public letter and at times has emotional appearances in TV interviews as a decree her politics and rhetoric. Warren responded by selling a "billionth tears" coffee mug on his campaign website.
Blankfein accused in the interview Tuesday Warren and other like-minded politicians of moving from populism to "a kind of demagoguery."
"I used to be a kind of moderate Democrat and now, without moving anything, I have become like a – in their eyes, kind of right-wing because I don't want to blow up the economic system," Blankfein said.
He also referred to Senator Bernie Sanders, the self-described democratic socialist and presidential candidate.
"It's a strange time where we're shifting a bit from populism, where you want to represent underrepresented people who feel they didn't have a voice, and that you want to appeal to them, to a kind of demagoguery [where] you labeled people as villains who may not have a role in the problem just to make them willing and improve your own outlook, "Blankfein said.