Warren argued that it was Democrat undertaking to both fight back against the president and to address the increasing inequality and public disempowerment that laid the groundwork for his had given rise to power.
Our moment of crisis didnt begin with the election of Donald Trump, she said.We were already in crisis.We were already in crisis because for years and years and years, Washington has worked just great for the rich and the powerful, but far too often, it hasnt worked for anyone else.
People dont simply wake up one day and elect leaders like Donald Trump because hey, everything is awesome, but what the hell, lets roll the dice and stimulate life interesting, she added.
Democrats often enabled or participated in these trends, Warren said.
Republican politicians have pushed one policy after another that has favored the rich and powerful over everybody else, and far too often, Democrat have gone right along, she said. And no matter how extreme Republicans in Washington became, Democrats might growl or squeak, but when it came day for action, our party hesitated and pushed back merely with great reluctance. Far too often, Democrat have been unwilling to get out there and fight.
The progressive wing of the Democratic Party is uniquely positioned to end this weak posture, she argued.
We will resist every effort to disgrace our Constitution. We will defy every single step towards the takeover of our government by billionaires, bankers and bigots. Sen. Elizabeth Warren( D-Mass .)
And Warren rejected the argument that Democrat must be willing to accommodate Trump.
We are not the minority party. We are the opposition party, and we need to talk about the key difference between us and them every day, she said.
We will defy every single great efforts to construct America into a small and spiteful place. We will defy every injustice, she concluded. We will resist every effort to divide us. We will resist every effort to humiliation our Constitution. We will resist every single step toward the takeover of our government by billionaires, bankers and bigots.
Warren, beloved by progressive activists for her unwavering criticism of Wall street abuses and other principled advocacy, described rare liberal criticism when shevoted to corroborate Ben Carson as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Saturdays speech represents an attempt to assure these critics that she stands with Democrat progressive base in their all-out opposition to Trumps agenda.
Below are Warrens prepared remarks in their entirety.
ELIZABETH WARREN: Im going to cut to the chase: Were gathered today in Baltimore during a moment of crisis for us as progressives, for us as Democrats, for us as Americans.
Were in a moment of crisis, and I want to talk frankly about it.
Lets start with a simple fact: Our moment of crisis didnt begin with the election of Donald Trump.
We were already in crisis.
We were already in crisis because for years and years and years, Washington has worked just great for the rich and the powerful, but far too often, it hasnt worked for anyone else.
We were already in a moment of crisis because for years and years and years, the economy has worked just great for those who have already stimulated it, but far too often, it hasnt worked for anyone else.
We were already in a moment of crisis because for years and years and years, weve been living in a nation where opportunity is softly disappearing. A country that is giving fewer and fewer children a real chance to succeed.
We all know that this country was never perfect. That systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, and bigotry mean possibilities werent spread equally. But over the past generation, we made a change a switching from a country bending in the right direction to one where the door to a better life to a middle class life has been getting further out of reach with every pas year.
For a long time, I have wailed from every rooftop I could find about how the middle class was on the ropes. How it was evaporating. How if we werent careful, it could be like the Arctic ice melting every year, until its gone completely, never to return. And attain no mistake, as the middle class melts, the opportunities for the poor shrink to the vanishing point.
People dont just wake up one day and elect leaders like Donald Trump because hey, everything is awesome, but what the hell, lets roll the dice and attain life interesting.
People dont elect leaders who break all the rules who violate all the norms when things are going pretty well.
They dont elect leaders who campaign for office by assaulting communities of color, or religious groups, or immigrants, or women when things are just swell.
Men like Donald Trump come to power when their countries are already in deep trouble. When the economies of their countries are profoundly flawed. When people in those countries start to lose hope for a better future and start looking for someone to blame. And humen like Donald Trump rise when those with fund and power get a little worried about their own privileges and decide to help out one of their own who promises to look out for them.
In November, America elected Donald Trump.
Yes, the Russians helped.
Yes, the FBI director helped.
Yes, he lost the popular election by three million.
But we cannot let ourselves off so simple. Not as progressives , not as Democrat. The excuses end now right here in Baltimore. We hold ourselves accountable.
And we need to figure out what comes next.
There are some in the Democratic Party who urge caution. They say this is just a tactical problem. We need better data. We need better social media. We need better outreach. We need better talking points.
Better talking points? Are you kidding me? People are so desperate for economic change in this country that Donald Trump was just inaugurated as President, and people think we just have a messaging problem? What planet are they living on?
This is bigger than talking points and tactics, and yes, even than Twitter.
This country is in an economic crisis. For more than 30 years, running families, middle class families, poor families, students, seniors have been squeezed harder and harder, and now they are at the breaking point. Republican legislators have pushed one policy after another that has favored the rich and powerful over everybody else, and far too often, Democrat have gone right along. And no matter how extreme Republicans in Washington became, Democrat might growl or whine, but when it came time for action, our party hesitated and pushed back merely with great reluctance. Far too often, Democrat have been unwilling to get out there and fight.
That ends today. Its period for Democrat to grow a backbone and to get out there and fight.
Its up to usthe progressives. We need to attain very clear that we, as progressives, as Democrats, as Americans, stand for a BOLD, progressive agenda. Stand for REAL solutions to this crisis. Stand for changes that will make a difference in the lives of millions of people. We need to make clear we will fight.
What do we fight for?
We fight for basic dignity and respect for every human beingeverybody counts. All people are entitled to be treated with respect.
We fight for economic opportunity not for those at the top, but for everyone. We believe that every one of our children deserves a fighting chance to build a real future.We are not the minority party. We are the opposition party, and we need to talk about the key difference between us and them every dayand we need to say it in the plainest possible way 😛 TAGEND
Donald Trump has stirred ugly racism, sexism, and hatred in this country, and the Republican legislators smiled and climbed right into bed with him. That stink will be on them for decades to come. The national party that espoused bigotry. To every person in America, we need to say loud and clear: You dont like how girls are treated? Or Latinos? Or Muslims? Or African Americans? Always remember that the bigotry stirred up by Donald Trump is perfectly ok with the Republicans in Washington. They will corroborate his Attorney General, they will look the other way on religion bannings, they will shuffle their feet over a Supreme Court nominee who believes employers should decide what kind of family planning girls get. Republican are afraid to stand up for what is right. Afraid to stand up for basic American values.
Well they can nurse their fear. We are not afraid. Democrats are the party of all the people every single one. We believe everybody counts and everybody gets a chance. Nobody nobody get cast aside. Thats the difference between Republican and Democrat in Washington.
And one more: Donald Trump and the Republicans in Washington are on the side of the rich and powerful, and they are using every tool of government to help them get richer and more powerful. To every person in America, we need to say loud and clear: You think Wall Street has too much power in Washington? You think giant firms call too many shoots in government? You suppose billionaires get all the infringes while your family has to watch every nickel? Always remember: the Republicans are not on your side. Theyre rushing to unleash the big banks. Theyre rushing to gut the consumer agency that has forced banks to give $12 B back to customers they cheated. They simply pushed a backroom deal for giveaways to big petroleum companies and another for giveaways to investment advisers who defraud seniors. Theyre ramming through a cabinet of ethically challenged billionaires with long histories of grinding working people into the clay. And the corporate CEOs and the Wall street bankers and the lobbyists are so happy they are doing little money dances in the corridors of Congress.
The so-called leaders of the Republican Party can keep their rich friends.
Thats on them. But whats on us? We need to be the party of hardworking people every single one. We need to be the party of every family and every small businesses and every person who hasnt built it yet. We need to be the party of every person who believes we should all get a chance to build something for ourselves and our families.
We need to say what we believe in, then we need to fight for those beliefs.
The world has changed a lot over the past few months, and lets be honest theres no hotline number we can call to learn how best to deal with rising right-wing extremism in this country. Like a lot of you, Im still find my route, observing my footing, day by day, step by step. We build mistakes. But with each passing day, we learn.
The lesson of history is that when faced with a threat like Donald Trump, opponent needs to grow. Opposition needs to be focused. Opposition needs to be bold. Most of all, opponent needs to be willing to fight.
Things are moving fast, and day is running out for us to comprehend what has happened, and for us to make clear in every route, from every mountaintop we are capable of that we will fight back.
A Muslim ban? We will fight back!
Ripping health care from millions of working people? We will fight back!
A Secretary of Education who doesnt believe in public education? We will fight back!
Giveaways to giant banks so that they are able to cheat people and blow up our economy again? We will fight back!
A budget director who wants to cut Medicare and Social Security? We will fight back!