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Watch Elizabeth Warren stunningly predict the 2008 economic crisis — 4 years before it happened

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) either has a crystal ball or some serious experience in bankruptcy law.

In 2004, the U.S. was blindly headed toward a devastating economic meltdown. Yet Warren knew it was coming, and gave a shockingly prescient breakdown of where America's economic policies were taking the country in a recently surfaced interview with PBS NOW's David Brancaccio.

In a segment of the interview, Warren, then a Harvard Law School professor, notably called out then-Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan for focusing on banks rather than everyday Americans and their debt. Warren characterized Greenspan as telling Americans to "borrow against your house ... just to put groceries on the table." But that means trusting that "nothing serious is going to go on in your family that's going to make it hard to make those payments," Warren continued — something that obviously isn't guaranteed.

Warren went on to discuss how mass housing foreclosures would disrupt millions of Americans' retirement plans, which, of course, happened in 2008. Find more of the interview with Warren in this Twitter thread.