In a speech to the AFL-CIO, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren said, “Millions of people in this country are worried and they are right to be worried,”
But she also said that she heard the message Americans sent on election day and during the two-year campaign. She said if Trump is serious about reform and creating what she called a “real American agenda,” she and other Democrats can work with him.
But she also made it clear that she deplores Trump’s racist, anti-immigrant campaign rhetoric and misogyny. “We will stand up to bigotry. No compromises ever on this one, bigotry in all its forms. We will fight back against attacks on Latinos, on African-Americans, on women, on Muslims, on immigrants, on disabled Americans, on everyone,” she said.
Warren acknowledged that not all of those who supported Trump support the bigotry and hatred on display at his rallies. “Let’s be clear on this. There are many millions of Americans who voted for Donald Trump out of frustration and anger and the hope that he would make real change,” she explained.
She highlighted key issues:
Middle Class Families
“When his goal is to increase the economic security of middle-class families, then count me in. I would push aside those differences to achieve that goal.”
She said she will support efforts to create jobs and rebuild the country’s infrastructure. “If Trump is ready to go on to rebuilding America’s economy for millions of American families, then I am ready and so are a lot of other people, Democrats and Republicans.”
However, she called for reform that targets big banks and Wall Street institutions. She said, “. . . let me also be clear about what rebuilding our economy means. It does not mean handing over the keys of our economy to Wall Street.”
Americans want to reform Obamacare . . . but if the Republicans want to strip away health insurance for 20 million Americans, if they want to let cancer survivors get kicked to the curb, if they want to throw 24-year-olds off their parents’ health insurance, then we will fight them every step of the way.
She said, “Americans want to close tax loopholes for the very rich…If Republicans want to force through massive tax breaks that blow a hole in our deficit and tilt the playing field even further toward the wealthy and big corporations, then we will fight them every step of the way.”
Dark Money and Pay To Play
Warren said “economic reform requires political reform.” She criticized the outsized role that big money pays in American elections and said, “The American people are sick of politicians wallowing in campaign contributions and dark money. They are revolted by influence peddling by wealthy people and large corporations.”
She repeated her mantra, “If Donald Trump is ready to make good on his promise to get corruption out of politics and end dark money and pay-to-play, then count me in.”