Elizabeth Warren for President in 2020.
With a single speech, the Massachusetts Senator became the leader who will spearhead the movement against Donald Trump.
During a speech at the Congressional Progressive Caucus on Saturday, Warren delivered powerful remarks giving hope to millions of Americans that Democrats will do everything they can to fight Trump and his fascist agenda at all costs.
“Our moment of crisis didn’t begin with the election of Donald Trump,” she reminded her audience. “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 hasn’t 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 made it, but far too often, it hasn’t worked for anyone else.
We were already in a moment of crisis because for years and years and years, we’ve been living in a nation where opportunity is quietly disappearing. A country that is giving fewer and fewer kids a real chance to succeed.
We all know that this country was never perfect. That systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, and bigotry meant opportunities weren’t spread equally. But over the past generation, we made a shift – a shift 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 passing year.
Warren said that tyrants like Trump are able to rise to power when people are desperate enough that they will vote for anybody. Indeed, that is how Hitler rose to power in Germany.
Men like Donald Trump come to power when their countries are already in deep trouble. When the economies of their countries are deeply flawed. When people in those countries start to lose hope for a better future and start looking for someone to blame. And men like Donald Trump rise when those with money – 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.
And then she called upon Democrats to fight.
“It’s time for Democrats to grow a backbone and to get out there and fight,” she declared.
It’s up to us—the progressives. We need to make 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.
The lesson of history is that when faced with a danger like Donald Trump, opposition needs to grow. Opposition needs to be focused. Opposition needs to be bold. Most of all, opposition needs to be willing to fight.
When we protest, when we make phone calls, when we carry signs and ask questions, when we make our voices heard – that is when we affirm our uniquely American character. We will resist every single effort to make America into a small and spiteful place. We will resist every injustice. We will resist every effort to divide us. We will resist every effort to disgrace our Constitution. We will resist every single step toward the takeover of our government by billionaires, bankers and bigots.
This is not the moment we asked for, but it is the moment we have been called to. This is our test.
The hour to fight is upon us – and we are ready. We will fight back, side by side. We will fight back.
That’s the way a real leader talks. 2020 can’t come soon enough.
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