Elizabeth Warren Vows to Fight Trump's Hateful Rhetoric and the Mainstream Media's Dangerous Amnesia
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) joined MSNBC host Rachel Maddow two days after the election to discuss the results and what's next for the Democratic Party. Warren, one of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's strongest surrogates, frequently slammed Donald Trump during the election and while she has agreed to work with a Trump administration, as an activist, she's not backing down.
"There was a time to be really despondent about it but the way I see it now is that we pick ourselves up and we fight back, that's what I think it's all about," Sen. Warren told Maddow.
For Warren, first and foremost, it's about not giving Trump a do-over once he's President, or even now as President-elect. He won but he's still the same man who ran on hate and the media need to be reminded of that.
"Let's start with the facts," Warren continued. "Because you really do have to acknowledge that this is painful. This really and truly hurts and we have to remember how Donald Trump started this whole campaign. He started it with an attack on Mexican Americans and then he took the escalator down and his entire campaign was fueled on racism and bigotry, attacks on women, attacks on African Americans, attacks on Latinos, attacks on Muslims, attacks on people who are disabled and it was one attack after another."
The kind of bigotry Donald Trump brought to a national stage will take a lot of work to combat, especially with a Republican House and Senate, which Warren acknowledges is a part of the problem. While it's not clear exactly what the relationship between establishment Republicans and President Trump will be in January, Warren promised to fight the good fight.
"On these core issues, about treating every single human being in this country with dignity, on that we stand up and we fight back, we do not back down we do not compromise, not today not tomorrow, not ever for me that's the starting place on how to understand what's happened to us," Warren said.
Warren then explained that policies like eliminating Obama's DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and defunding Planned Parenthood can also be fought on a local level through community organizations. She urged democrats to stay connected, focus on specifics and not lose hope.
"I have ElizabethWarren.com, we stay connected by emails every 4-5 days where we talk about substantive issues, we talk about the fights that are coming up, because we have to be ready to mobilize on specific issues when the time comes," she explained.
"We're going to fight every issue, every minute of every day, we're going to be smart, we're going to be organized, we're going to use our time and our talents in a strategic and careful way, but we are going to fight back. We are not turning this country over to what Donald Trump has sold," Warren promised.