Elizabeth Warren can’t define the middle class and, therefore, pretty much says everyone is middle class. Or no one is. It isn’t clear.
Of course she is confusing “middle class” as a mindset and “middle class” as an economic grouping. There is a middle class mindset that includes bourgeois attitudes, work ethic, social anxiety, a preference for the suburbs etc. As the interviewer tries to explain, however, tax policy is not built around the social consciousness of individual citizens. She is specifically asking about middle class income as it would be defined by Warren as a policy maker.
When government talks about middle class tax cuts, they are talking about income categories, not whether or not the tax payer likes Starbucks, Columbia outerwear, tastefully decorated ranch homes, farmer’s markets and kids soccer games. “Middle class tax cuts” are not directed at those with middle American bourgeois values, they are directed at specific income categories.
It seems evident that Warren has just enough education to be dangerous. She knows “middle class” sometimes means something other than income level but she is too dim to know that it is simply a matter of vernacular. Middle class as defined by social attitudes and middle class as defined by income are tangentially related but are not one and the same. She clearly doesn’t understand this and therefore, was confused by what should have been a very simple question.