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11 February 2019, 12:57 GMT

By Vaughn Hillyard and Ali Vitali

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Elizabeth Warren seemed to respond on Sunday to the question that each campaign discusses internally: how should a Democratic presidential candidate respond to the fleeting attacks that President Trump made against him or her?

In the first three minutes of her kickoff in Iowa as official presidential candidate – on the morning after the president mocked her in a tweet – Warren has not bypassed the President's attacks, unlike a supportive crowd of about 200 Iowans that President Trump could soon lock up in prison.

"By the time we reach 2020, Donald Trump may not even be president," she said from the podium. "In fact, he may not even be a free person."

Over the course of a single weekend, four contenders for the Democratic nomination tried different ways to target Trump on the tree stump, from taking him head on ignoring the president altogether.

Trump, for his part, seems eager to participate in the limits of his Twitter account, firing insults to two of his potential 2020 opponents over the weekend – Sens. Warren, D-Mass., And Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.

After Warren was officially announced in Massachusetts on Saturday, Trump referred to her in a tweet as "Pocahontas" and followed: "See you on the TRAIL campaign, Liz!"

Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes called Pocahontas by me, joined the race for president. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years this is not so good anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 9 February 2019

And he then tweeted sneakily that Klobuchar "looked like a snowman (woman)" during her announcement amidst a blizzard in Minnesota on Sunday.

Well, it happened again. Amy Klobuchar announced that she runs to President and speaks proudly about combating the greenhouse effect while she is in a virtual blizzard of snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Bad timing. By the end of her speech she looked like a Snowman (woman)!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019

Klobuchar has shot back on Sunday night in her own tweet and wonders what a physical characteristic is: "I wonder how your hair would end in a blizzard?"

As one of the top people of the Democrats, Warren once again chose not to ignore Trumt's ongoing attacks on the weekend, and Democratic activists in turn lent the White House president a leading voice to reverberate.

"One of the things we're going to decide about future campaigns is what Donald Trump does every day – a racist tweet, a hateful tweet, something very dark and ugly," she added, openly pondering the dilemma for candidates.

But despite her opening deficit, she urged the Democrats not to "respond daily" to the president and instead "talk about what we understand is broken in this country, what needs to be done to change it, and talk about how we are going to do that. "

Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J., At several Iowa stops on Fridays and Saturdays, the demonstration begged at his events not to take that cloak. For strategic reasons, he urged other Democratic candidates not to undermine each other or to accept the insults of Trump.

Democrats drove to sweep midterm coast-to-coast victories to partially regain control of the US House of Representatives on reports that Trump largely included, paying attention to issues such as health care instead.

"If we try to fight Donald Trump on his territory, not only will we both get muddy, but the country suffers," Booker said on Saturday in Marshalltown, Iowa, and continued, "We have to stop in this country thinking of getting tough. you have to be mean, to be strong, you have to be cruel, that's a lie. The most powerful force in this universe is challenging love. & # 39;

Klobuchar preferred to mention the name of the president during the snow event in Minneapolis. Instead, the president was only present in euphemism. Klobuchar regretted the "insignificant and vicious nature of our politics", and condemned a practice of rural policy by tweet & # 39; to cheer thousands of people in the crowd.

In contrast, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand from New York did not give the floor to the president, and refused to shirk her criticism of Trump. During a happy hour, organized by the New Hampshire Young Democrats in Manchester, she listed the ways in which Trump had divided people.

"And that's why I'm so angry at what President Trump did, hatred and division in this country, it's terrible, it's not who we are as a nation," she said. "And every time he draws a line, whether it be racial lines, religious lines or socio-economic lines, he shares us and makes us weaker and not stronger."

The New York senator spent a considerable amount of time refusing Trump's actions to ban transgendered soldiers and called his southern border policy inhumane.

"What is so troubling about President Trump is the way he dehumanized the people who seek our help," Gillibrand said, drinking periodically a brewed beer. "I do not know why this president should be so afraid of immigrants and refugees, that's not our story, that's not who we are, it's an anger."

In a town hall in Des Moines in late January, Sen said. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Trump at no time, but criticized several lines of policy drawn up by & # 39; the administration & # 39; were maintained.

And South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg told reporters after an event in Johnston, Iowa, this weekend that he avoids focusing on the "characters or the horror show that is now going on in DC" because voters should receive an alternative message of ideas.

Ezra Kaplan, Beth Fouhy and Shaquille Brewster contributed.