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Lloyd Blankfein Compares His Comment on Elizabeth Warren to ‘Impressionist Art’

Daniel Taub
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Lloyd Blankfein Compares His Comment on Elizabeth Warren to ‘Impressionist Art’

(Bloomberg) -- Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. chief Lloyd Blankfein said his tweet last week that “tribalism” might be in U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA is similar to fine art -- it’s open to interpretation.

Warren, a Democratic presidential candidate who proposed a wealth tax on billionaires like Blankfein and called him out in a campaign ad that prompted his tweet, has been the subject of controversy over her claims of having Native American heritage.

“It’s like looking at a piece of impressionist art,” Blankfein said Tuesday when asked in a CNBC interview whether the tweet was a dig at Warren’s heritage claims. “You ask yourself, ‘What is the artist thinking?’ It’s really for you to take away.”

In February, Warren apologized to the Cherokee Nation for using a genetic test to prove she’s part Native American. Pressed further on the tweet, Blankfein said only that “the message stands.”

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