Warren: Trump’s win proves economy “top issue” among voters
By Evan Lips | November 10, 2016, 19:17 EST
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, days after Americans elected a man for president who she had spent months trying to destroy, told a crowd during an AFL-CIO event that despite “encouraging a toxic stew of hatred and fear,” Republican Donald Trump’s victory also showed pundits that voter discontent with government and the economy should not have been taken likely.
“Lobbyists in Washington, and Washington insiders, have spent years trying to convince themselves and each other that Americans don’t actually believe in this — and now that the returns are in and people have spoken, they are actually out there, waving their hands, trying to dismiss these views as some sort of mass-delusions,” Warren said. “Well they are wrong, they are very wrong, the truth is that people have a right to be angry.”
Warren, whose own victorious 2012 campaign was fueled in large part by rhetoric condemning the ties between Washington and the finance industry, vowed to work with Trump if the real estate mogul stays true to his reform promises. Warren, for the first time since she formally backed Democrat Hillary Clinton, also subtly acknowledged that voters during the primary clearly showed weren’t enamored with Clinton’s ties to “a government that doesn’t work for them.”
“It was clear in the Democratic primaries, it was clear in the Republican primaries, it was clear in the campaign and it was clear on Election Day,” she said. “The final results may have divided us, but the entire electorate embraced deep fundamental reform of our economic system and our political system.”
She also pointed to exit polling statistics which found that 72 percent of voters believe that ‘American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and the powerful.’
“That’s 72 percent of all voters — Democrats, Republicans and independents,” Warren noted. “The polls were also making clear that the economy was the top issue on voters minds, voters who are angry about a federal government that works for the rich and the powerful and leaves everyone else behind.”
Warren, however, did not shy away from unloading another barrage of criticism Trump’s way.
“This wasn’t a pretty election — in fact, it was ugly — and we should not sugarcoat it, Donald Trump ran a campaign that started with racial attacks and then he rode the escalator down,” she said. “He attacked millions of Americans, he regularly made statements that undermined the core values of our democracy, and he won, and now Latinos and Muslim-American children are worried about what will happen to their families.”
Warren later decried a Washington that “dithers and spins and does the backstroke in an ocean of money, while the American dream moves further and further out of reach for most families.”
She promised to work with Trump if he remains committed to his pledge to help the middle class.
“When President-elect Trump wants to take on these issues, when his goal is to increase the economic security of middle-class families, then count me in,” Warren said. “I will push aside our differences to achieve that goal.
“If Trump is ready to go on rebuilding American economic security for millions of families then I am ready and so are a lot of other people.”
But Warren also issued a warning to Trump.
“Rebuilding our economy does not mean crippling our economy and ripping working families apart by rounding up and deporting millions of our co-workers, our friends and our neighbors,” she said. “If Republicans choose that path we will fight them every step of the way.”