Krystal Ball rips Warren's 'passive-aggressive' swipes at rivals

Hill.TV Host Krystal Ball hit Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for calling out former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg during a campaign speech in New Hampshire. 

"Why do Democrats love to attack each other in the most passive-aggressive way?" asked Ball.

"If you're going to take a shot at someone, don't do the whole, 'Well, some-other-candidates-in-the-race' thing," she continued. "We all know who you are talking about. Just say it directly and preferably to their face."

Ball, a vocal Sanders supporter, also hit Warren over her various policy proposals, saying the Massachusetts senator has "failed to distinguish herself on really anything."

Warren's campaign didn't immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.

Ball's comments come as Warren ramps up her criticisms of her top rivals in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race.

Without naming them directly, Warren drew sharp contrasts between herself and her opponents during a speech on Thursday.

"I'm serious about delivering real change and a lot of powerful people know it.

"Unlike some candidates for the Democratic nomination, I'm not counting on Republican politicians having an epiphany and suddenly supporting the kinds of tax increases on the rich or big business accountability they have opposed under Democratic presidents for a generation," Warren said at event at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

The remark was an apparent knock to Biden, who has touted his ability to work across the aisle as part of his campaign platform.

Warren also took a shot at Buttigieg in her speech, saying "when a candidate brags about how beholden he feels to a group of wealthy investors, our democracy is in serious trouble."

Buttigeig's campaign later responded to these remarks, which were released prior to her speech, accusing Warren of fueling political divisiveness.

Warren did, however, call out Michael Bloomberg by name.

"It's no secret that I'm not a fan of Michael Bloomberg trying to buy the Democratic presidential nomination," she said after previously accusing the former New York City mayor of trying to use his money to influence the election.

The speech comes ahead of next week's Democratic debate in Los Angeles. Warren is among seven candidates poised to take the debate stage. 

-Tess Bonn