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Sen. Warren Addresses Election of Donald Trump to AFL-CIO

Friday, November 11, 2016

 

Two days after Donald Trump was elected as the next President of the United States, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren addressed the AFL-CIO Executive council in Washington D.C. 

Watch the Video Here 

Warren opened her comments by addressing Donald Trump and his campaign. 

“Donald Trump ran a campaign that started with racial attacks and then rode the escalator down.  He encouraged a toxic stew of hatred and fear. He attacked millions of Americans. And he regularly made statements that undermined core values of our democracy.

And he won. He won - and now Latino and Muslim-American children are worried about what will happen to their families. LGBT couples are worried that their marriages could be dissolved by a Trump-Pence Supreme Court. Women are worried that their access to desperately needed health services will disappear.  Millions of people in this country are worried, deeply worried. And they are right to be worried,” said Warren. 

Anger Around the Country 

Warren addressed the anger around the country. 

“The truth is that people are right to be angry.  Angry that wages have been stagnant for a generation, while basic costs like housing, health care, and child care have skyrocketed. Angry that our political system is awash in barely legalized campaign bribery.  Angry that Washington eagerly protects tax breaks for billionaires while it refuses to raise the minimum wage, or help the millions of Americans struggling with student loans, or enforce the law when the millionaire CEOs who fund our political campaigns break it.  Angry that Washington pushes big corporate interests in trade deals, but won't make the investments in infrastructure to create good jobs right here in America.  Angry that Washington tilts the playing field for giant corporations - giving them special privileges, letting them amass enormous economic and political power. 

Angry that while Washington dithers and spins and does the backstroke in an ocean of money, while the American Dream moves further and further out of reach for too many families. Angry that working people are in debt. Angry that seniors can't stretch a Social Security check to cover the basics,” Warren said. 

She spoke on Trump addressing the anger, despite getting a lot of backlash for it.

“President-Elect Trump spoke to these issues. Republican elites hated him for it. But he didn't care. He criticized Wall Street and big money's dominance in Washington-straight up. He supported a new Glass-Steagall. He spoke of the need to reform our trade deals so they aren't raw deals for the American people. He said he will not cut Social Security benefits. He talked about the need to address the rising cost of college and about helping working parents struggling with the high cost of child care. He spoke of the urgency of rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and putting people back to work. He spoke to the very real sense of millions of Americans that their government and their economy has abandoned them. And he promised to rebuild our economy for working people,” Warren Said. 

Messages from the American People 

Warren identified the messages that were sent from the American people during the election process. 

“The American people - Democrats, Republicans, and Independents - have been clear about what economic policies they want Washington to pursue. Two-thirds of people support raising the federal minimum wage. Three-quarters of Americans want the federal government to increase its infrastructure investments. Over 70 percent of people believe students should have a chance at a debt-free education. Nearly three-quarters support expanding Social Security. These are the kinds of policies that will help level the playing field for working families and address the frustrations felt by millions of people across the country.

The American people sent one more message as well.  Economic reform requires political reform.  Why has the federal government worked so long only for those at the top?  The answer is money-and they want this system changed.  The American people are sick of politicians wallowing in the campaign contributions and dark money. They are revolted by influence peddling by wealthy people and giant corporations.  When Bernie Sanders proved his independence by running a campaign based on small dollar contributions and when Donald Trump promised to spend his own money, both were sending an important message that they could not be bought.  And once again, if Donald Trump is ready to make good on his promise to get corruption out of politics, to end dark money and pay-to-play, count me in.  I will work as hard as I can and to pull as many people as I can to end the influence of big money and return democracy to the people.”

Warren Concludes 

In concluding her comments, Warren said, “The majority of Americans voted against Donald Trump. Democrats picked up seats in both the House and the Senate.  And yet, here we are.  Republicans are in control of both houses of Congress and the White House.  And that makes our job clear.  As the loyal opposition we will fight harder, we will fight longer and we will fight more passionately than ever for the rights of every human being in this country to be treated with respect and dignity.  We will fight for economic opportunity, not just for some of our children, but for all of our children.  We do not control the tools of government, but make no mistake, we know what we stand for, the sun will keep rising, and we will keep fighting - each day, every day, we will fight for the people of this country.

The time for ignoring the American people is over. It's time for us to come together to work on America's agenda. Democracy demands that we do so, and we are ready.“

 

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