Speaking on the first night of the Democratic National Convention, Elizabeth Warren just shredded Donald Trump and his racist rhetoric. And yes, it was every bit as glorious as we had hoped.
“What kind of a man acts like this?” Warren said. “What kind of a man roots for an economic crash that caused millions of people their jobs, their homes, their life savings? What kind of a man cheats students, cheats investors, cheats workers.”
She continued, ”I’ll tell you what kind of a man. A man who must never be president of the United States. Never.”
Warren took the opportunity to warn Americans that Trump’s campaign has a “really ugly underside.”
Trump thinks he can win votes by fanning the flames of fear and hatred. By turning neighbor against neighbor. By persuading you that the real problem in America is your fellow Americans – people who don’t look like you, or don’t talk like you, or don’t worship like you. He even picked a vice president famous for trying to make it legal to openly discriminate against gays and lesbians. That’s Donald Trump’s America. An America of fear and hate. An America where we all break apart. Whites against blacks and Latinos. Christians against Muslims and Jews. Straight against gay. Everyone against immigrants. Race, religion, heritage, gender — the more factions the better. But ask yourself this. When white workers in Ohio are pitted against black workers in North Carolina, or Latino workers in Florida — who really benefits?
“Divide and conquer is an old story in America,” Warren said, explaining how racism in America has been used as a political thumb to hold down American citizens and noting that even Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of this despicable tactic. “Racial hatred was part of keeping the powerful on top,” she said.
Well, I’ve got news for Donald Trump. The American people are not falling for it! We’ve seen this ugliness before and we’re not going to be Donald Trump’s hate-filled America. Not now, not ever.
You can watch Elizabeth Warren’s full speech here:
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