Donald Trump’s victory has led to responses from celebrities, late-night hosts, and important office holders. Among that final group is Elizabeth Warren, whom many see as a leader of the progressive movement and a key figure in Washington. Warren took to Medium to pen a response to Trump’s victory, and it’s everything we’ve come to expect from the Senator.
Early on in the statement, Warren condemns Trump’s racist and xenophobic rhetoric, and writes that the first job of Democrats must be to protect the people who feel threatened by Trump’s presidency:
We will stand up to bigotry. There is no compromise here. In all its forms, we will fight back against attacks on Latinos, African Americans, women, Muslims, immigrants, disabled Americans?—on anyone.
Warren continues by explaining that those who voted for Trump had legitimate, and multifaceted, feelings of anger:
The truth is that people are right to be angry … Angry that Washington tilts the playing field for giant corporations—giving them special privileges, letting them amass enormous economic and political power. Angry that while Washington dithers and spins and does the backstroke in an ocean of money, while the American Dream moves further and further out of reach for too many families. Angry that working people are in debt. Angry that seniors can’t stretch a Social Security check to cover the basics.
Donald Trump spoke to those issues, Warren explains. He was elected on them, and to the extent that he’s interested in working on them, Warren will be there to encourage him. She explains, however, that this does not mean leaving Wall Street alone, repealing Obamacare, or a host of other issues.
Warren also points out that Americans believe that economic reform and political reform go hand-in-hand, and she knows that this is a concern the government must address moving forward. “The time for ignoring the American people is over. It’s time for us to come together to work on America’s agenda. Democracy demands that we do so, and we are ready.”
Read Warren’s full statement here.