Elizabeth Warren’s political star is shining fiercely at the moment and yesterday was a huge day for the Massachusetts senator as she endorsed Hillary Clinton on The Rachel Maddow Show following a gripping, captivating speech at the ACS convention (posted below) in which she destroyed Donald Trump.
But first, her endorsement:
“I’m ready. I am ready to get in this fight and work my heart out for Hillary Clinton to become President of the United States and to make sure that Donald Trump never gets any place closet to the White House.”
Why wait so long?
“I thought that the primary was really important and it was an opportunity for Democrats to get out there and show, this is what it means to be a Democrat. We got out there and pushed those issues forward and we made sure the American people saw the kind of thinking we have, the kind of energy we have, and what makes us very different from those guys on the other side.”
When asked about the threat of Trump, Warren begins:
“The Republicans underestimated Donald Trump and look where that got them. Donald Trump is a genuine threat to this country. He is a threat economically to this country, but he is a threat to who we are as a people. There is an ugly side to Donald Trump.”
Asks Maddow: “Do you have a prescription for how this primary should end?”
“It’s clear now that we need to start thinking about all of us together…Hillary Clinton won. She won because she’s a fighter. She’s out there. She’s tough. And I think this is what we need. Look at who she is. Fror 25 years she has been taking the incomings. The right wing has thrown everything they possibly can at her. And what does she do? A lot of people would just hang up their spurs. They’d say, you know I’ve had enough of this. And she doesn’t. What she does is she gets back up and she gets back in the fight…You ought to be willing to throw a punch. There are a lot of things people say about Hillary Clinton, but nobody says she doesn’t know how to throw a punch.”
Maddow then highlight a few clips from Warren’s searing speech earlier in the evening at the American Constitution Society in which she eviscerated Donald Trump.
Here’s a bit more:
Here’s the full speech to the American Constitution Society. And it’s a MUST WATCH.
Finally, Maddow asks if Clinton has talked to her or her people about being the running mate.
“No,” says Warren. No conversations have taken place about that.
When asked if conversations take place between Warren and the other political leaders on a personal level, Warren really lit on fire.
Here’s the transcript:
I’ve talked to Bernie, I’ve talked to Hillary.
What gives it power is the power within the idea itself, and the fact that others care about it.
So, when you talk about Social Security, it’s not just enough to say, we’re looking at you, this really matters. It’s the fact that a million Americans think it matters. Oh, wait, it’s 2 million Americans think it matters. No, it’s 4 million Americans. It’s 6 million, wait, it’s 10 million, it’s 50 million Americans who care about this. That’s how we’re going to make change.
Here’s how I look at this. The Republicans had a real advantage over us for a long time. And the principal advantage they have had is they have concentrated money and concentrated power. And, boy, when it’s all concentrated, man, you can organize it, you can use it, you can get out there, you can run those negative ads, you can be effective, you can put money into campaigns.
What do we got on our side? Yes, we got some money, some. People put money in. But the reality is what we’ve got is we’ve got all the votes. We’ve got all the voices.
There are so many more people on our side. And I’m not just talking Democrats here. You talk about those core issues, about Social Security, about college, about raising the minimum wage, about reining in Wall Street.
You look at those core issues and somewhere between 60 percent and 75 percent of all of America, that’s Democrats, Republicans, independents, libertarians, vegetarians. They sign up and say, yes, I’m for that.
So, the question is then, Rachel — why hasn’t that happened? Why hasn’t it happened?
The answer is because Washington, this place where we are right now. It is the bubble. It’s the bubble that’s created by the money. It is the bubble that is created by the contributions, by the lobbyists, by every part of this tight little circle.
Our only chance to break out of that is that we got to say, against your concentrated money and power, we’re going to put up our voices and our votes and we’re going to be here. We’re going to be here in these elections. And we’re going to make sure that the people who run for office and get elected are the ones who are going to work for the American people. That’s what this is all about.