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Warren writes: "We will stand up to bigotry. There is no compromise here."

Senator Elizabeth Warren. (photo:
Senator Elizabeth Warren. (photo:

We Will Stand Up to Bigotry

By Elizabeth Warren, Reader Supported News

11 November 16



This wasn’t a pretty election. In fact, it was ugly, and we should not sugarcoat the reason why. Donald Trump ran a campaign that started with racial attacks and then rode the escalator down. He encouraged a toxic stew of hatred and fear. He attacked millions of Americans. And he regularly made statements that undermined core values of our democracy.

And he won. He won – and now Latino and Muslim-American children are worried about what will happen to their families. LGBT couples are worried that their marriages could be dissolved by a Trump-Pence Supreme Court. Women are worried that their access to desperately needed health services will disappear. Millions of people in this country are worried, deeply worried. And they are right to be worried.

Today, as President-Elect, Donald Trump has an opportunity to chart a different course: to govern for all Americans and to respect our institutions. In his victory speech, he pledged that he would be “President for all” of the American people. And when he takes the oath of office as the leader of our democracy and the leader of all Americans, I sincerely hope that he will fulfill that pledge with respect and concern for every single human being in this country, no matter who they are, no matter where they come from, no matter what they believe, no matter whom they love.

And that marks Democrats’ first job in this new era: 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. Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever.

But there are many millions of people who did not vote for Donald Trump because of the bigotry and hate that fueled his campaign rallies. They voted for him despite the hate. They voted for him out of frustration and anger – and also out of hope that he would bring change.

If we have learned nothing else from the past two years of electioneering, we should hear the message loud and clear that the American people want Washington to change. 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. The final results may have divided us – but the entire electorate embraced deep, fundamental reform of our economic system and our political system.

Working families across this country are deeply frustrated about an economy and a government that doesn’t work for them. Exit polling on Tuesday found that 72 percent of voters believe that "the American economy is rigged to advantage the rich and powerful." 72 percent of ALL voters – Democrats and Republicans. The polls were also made clear that the economy was the top issue on voters’ minds. Americans are angry about a federal government that works for the rich and powerful and that leaves everyone else in the dirt.

Lobbyists and Washington insiders have spent years trying to convince themselves and each other that Americans don’t actually believe this. Now that the returns are in and the people have spoken, they’re already trying to wave their hands and dismiss these views as some sort of mass delusion. They are wrong – very wrong.

The truth is that people are right to be angry. Angry that wages have been stagnant for a generation, while basic costs like housing, health care, and child care have skyrocketed. Angry that our political system is awash in barely legalized campaign bribery. Angry that Washington eagerly protects tax breaks for billionaires while it refuses to raise the minimum wage, or help the millions of Americans struggling with student loans, or enforce the law when the millionaire CEOs who fund our political campaigns break it. Angry that Washington pushes big corporate interests in trade deals, but won’t make the investments in infrastructure to create good jobs right here in America. 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.

President-Elect Trump spoke to these issues. Republican elites hated him for it. But he didn’t care. He criticized Wall Street and big money’s dominance in Washington – straight up. He supported a new Glass-Steagall. He spoke of the need to reform our trade deals so they aren’t raw deals for the American people. He said he will not cut Social Security benefits. He talked about the need to address the rising cost of college and about helping working parents struggling with the high cost of child care. He spoke of the urgency of rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure and putting people back to work. He spoke to the very real sense of millions of Americans that their government and their economy has abandoned them. And he promised to rebuild our economy for working people.

The deep worry that people feel over an America that does not work for them is not liberal or conservative worry. It is not Democratic or Republican worry. It is the deep worry that led even Americans with very deep reservations about Donald Trump’s temperament and fitness to vote for him anyway.

So let me be 100% clear about this. 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. I will put aside our differences and I will work with him to accomplish that goal. I offer to work as hard as I can and to pull as many people as I can into this effort. If Trump is ready to go on rebuilding economic security for millions of Americans, so am I and so are a lot of other people—Democrats and Republicans.

But let’s also be clear about what rebuilding our economy does not mean.

  • It does not mean handing the keys to our economy over to Wall Street so they can run it for themselves. Americans want to hold the big banks accountable. That will not happen if we gut Dodd-Frank and fire the cops responsible for watching over those banks, like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. If Trump and the Republican Party try to turn loose the big banks and financial institutions so they can once again gamble with our economy and bring it all crashing down, then we will fight them every step of the way.

  • It does not mean crippling our economy and ripping working families apart by rounding up and deporting millions of our coworkers, our friends and neighbors, our mothers and fathers, our sons and daughters. And if Republicans choose that path, we will fight them every single step of the way.

  • Americans want reform to Obamacare – Democrats included. We must bring down the costs of health insurance and the cost of health care. But if the Republicans want to strip away health insurance from 20 million Americans, if they want to let cancer survivors get kicked to the curb, if they want to throw 24-year-olds off their parents’ health insurance, then we will fight them every step of the way.

  • Americans want to close tax loopholes that benefit the very rich, and Donald Trump claimed to support closing the carried interest loophole and other loopholes. We need a fairer tax system, but if Republicans want to force through massive tax breaks that blow a hole in our deficit and tilt the playing field even further toward the wealthy and big corporations, then we will fight them every step of the way.

The American people – Democrats, Republicans, and Independents – have been clear about what economic policies they want Washington to pursue. Two-thirds of people support raising the federal minimum wage. Three-quarters of Americans want the federal government to increase its infrastructure investments. Over 70 percent of people believe students should have a chance at a debt-free education. Nearly three-quarters support expanding Social Security. These are the kinds of policies that will help level the playing field for working families and address the frustrations felt by millions of people across the country.

The American people sent one more message as well. Economic reform requires political reform. Why has the federal government worked so long only for those at the top? The answer is money – and they want this system changed. The American people are sick of politicians wallowing in the campaign contributions and dark money. They are revolted by influence peddling by wealthy people and giant corporations. When Bernie Sanders proved his independence by running a campaign based on small dollar contributions and when Donald Trump promised to spend his own money, both were sending an important message that they could not be bought. And once again, if Donald Trump is ready to make good on his promise to get corruption out of politics, to end dark money and pay-to-play, count me in. I will work as hard as I can and to pull as many people as I can to end the influence of big money and return democracy to the people.

Donald Trump won the Presidency under a Republican flag. But Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan and the Republicans in Congress – and their way of doing business – were rejected – rejected by their own primary voters, rejected during the campaign, and rejected in Tuesday’s election. Regardless of political party, working families are disgusted by a Washington that works for the rich and powerful and leaves everyone else behind.

The American people have called out loudly for economic and political reform. For years, too many Republicans and too many Democrats have refused to hear their demands.

The majority of Americans voted against Donald Trump. Democrats picked up seats in both the House and the Senate. And yet, here we are. Republicans are in control of both houses of Congress and the White House. And that makes our job clear. As the loyal opposition we will fight harder, we will fight longer and we will fight more passionately than ever for the rights of every human being in this country to be treated with respect and dignity. We will fight for economic opportunity, not just for some of our children, but for all of our children. We do not control the tools of government, but make no mistake, we know what we stand for, the sun will keep rising, and we will keep fighting – each day, every day, we will fight for the people of this country.

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.

Thank you for being a part of this,

Elizabeth your social media marketing partner


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+39 # grandlakeguy 2016-11-11 14:17
Why did Trump win?

Because the status quo corporatist Democrats (in name only) elites that control the Democratic party could not stand the possibility that Bernie Sanders would usher in an era of decent and honest governance that would benefit the people of this country!

Instead they thwarted the will of an electorate that was thrilled to support a candidate who would finally represent the voters rather than the banksters and large corporations.
The DNC installed the most untrusted political hack in Washington fully knowing that she had terrible secrets that were bound to come out. They said that "It's her turn now!"!

What about OUR turn?

The DNC owns this election and the entire party leadership must be purged!
+22 # grandlakeguy 2016-11-11 14:32
Dear Elizabeth Warren, while I have great respect for you (despite your support of the illegitimate candidate Clinton after the theft of the primaries) you, as well as every other Progressive who ever hopes to see real change in our government, must admit the very real fact that …

As usual there were exit poll discrepancies (always favoring Trump) although those spreads were not nearly as dramatic as the exit poll discrepancies that always favored Clinton in the primaries.

Again there was massive disenfranchisem ent of Democratic voters in multiple states (even worse than the disenfranchisem ent of Bernie Sanders voters in the primaries, BROOKLYN for example!) with the Republican tactic of "strip and flip" preventing millions of our countrymen and women from casting their ballots.

And, as always, the secret proprietary software of our voting machines and tabulators is controlled by partisan Republican loving corporations. There is no reason whatsoever to trust ANY result from ANY election that used these devices.

If you want to see Progressives win in the future start talking about the fraud that is Election Theater in the USA!
We will never cast off the Republican death grip on our nation until we have REAL elections that deliver the actual will of the voters.

We do not have that now nor have we had that for the past 15 years!

+36 # grandlakeguy 2016-11-11 15:02
The only way that we will ever have reliable elections is a return to…
Hand Counted Paper Ballots…
with all counting done in an absolutely transparent fashion with supervision and observation open to ALL interested parties.
All results must be openly posted at each local precinct so that each side can verify the actual reported statewide totals.

All ballots must be preserved for any needed recounts and there should be no fees involved in demanding recounts.
If the US government can afford to buy it's obscene weapons of war then it can certainly afford to pay for the proper counting and verification of our votes!

We must also institute vigorous prosecution for any tampering with our elections and draconian prison terms for anyone involved in election theft including the candidates!

In my opinion it would not be unjust to see Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the DNC leadership and candidate Clinton in prison for the rest of their lives for the crime of delivering the Presidency to Donald Trump by stealing the nomination of Bernie Sanders.
Make no mistake, had Bernie been the Dem. candidate not only would he have won the Presidency but we would be looking forward to a Democratic Senate and House as well.

The DNC is directly responsible for everything that happens during the next four years!
-6 # chemtex2611 2016-11-11 15:57
I've counted paper ballots. They are much easier to stuff or destroy w/ o a trace. You need to go work as a clerk and see how easy electrons and good chain of custody limit petty theivery.
+15 # grandlakeguy 2016-11-11 17:56
There must be full oversight of the counting.
You can see paper ballots…you cannot see electrons!
-5 # ericlipps 2016-11-11 19:08
You're quite right. Paper ballots are every bit as easy to forge or to make "disappear" as are electronic ones--if not easier, since it takes some technical expertise to corrupt electronic voting while any moron can make boxes of paper ballots go bye-bye.
+3 # dbrize 2016-11-11 20:12
Quoting ericlipps:
You're quite right. Paper ballots are every bit as easy to forge or to make "disappear" as are electronic ones--if not easier, since it takes some technical expertise to corrupt electronic voting while any moron can make boxes of paper ballots go bye-bye.

You sound like you know a bit about this ericlipps. :)
0 # Clementine 2016-11-13 09:09
Nonsense, doesnt happen in Oz, you just need scrutineers
0 # candida 2016-11-13 02:13
Quoting grandlakeguy:

The DNC is directly responsible for everything that happens during the next four years!

No, Trump, the RNC and those who voted for them will be directly responsible. The DNC and the 4 million Democrats who didn't bother to vote will be indirectly responsible.
0 # madame de farge 2016-11-14 08:18
Nope, I agree that the DNC is directly Responsible... LOOK at the last 30 years and their DENIAL of the working class ---- TWO THIRDS of people support raising the federal minimum wage. THREE QUARTERS of Americans want the federal government to increase its infrastructure investments. Over 70 percent of people believe students should have a chance at a debt-free education. Nearly THREE QUARTERS support expanding Social Security.

FACT IS that if the Clintons or Obama was serious about the 90%, they would have campaigned for the PROGRESSIVES... .. GUESS WHAT, they didn't...
+17 # rural oregon progressive 2016-11-11 14:41
So why is Elizabeth writing this now? If she truly believes everything she said, why did she endorse Clinton??? Most everything she wrote in this piece would have made a powerful speech as she endorsed Bernie Sanders in the primary. Clearly, each item that she listed as important to the American people was embodied in Sanders' campaign... Yet for some reason, she instead endorsed a person that was everything she now writes that the American people were fed-up with. I am still at a loss as to why Warren, who supposedly stood for all these things that she just wrote about, would endorse and support the candidate that was the opposite of those stated ideals... Thereby becoming complicit in Trump's election.
+10 # Merlin 2016-11-11 15:50
rural oregon progressive 2016-11-11 14:41
So why is Elizabeth writing this now?”…… “I am still at a loss as to why Warren, who supposedly stood for all these things that she just wrote about, would endorse and support the candidate that was the opposite of those stated ideals...

Your intuitive question will probably never have a factual answer. Not unless she tells us in a way we can believe, (or some email surfaces that explains it… just some snark on this.)

Your questions bring to the surface the problem of belief in EW as the solid, unwavering always to be counted on Progressive. It certainly appears that her positions are “put on and off as the political winds blow.” There will always be doubts of her Progressive “credentials” until she addresses the questions you raise. (The “reason” given that “we just cant have Trump” does not fly.)

One other point about EW should be noted. Virtually nothing has been reported or talked about regarding EWs foreign policy views. I recall, but would need to look it up, that she basically agreed with HRCs foreign policy. She never talked about foreign policy and yet this was really the most important discussion to have. What are her positions today?

Anyone have some URLs on EWs foreign policy positions? War in the ME, Israel, Weapons sales, Saudi Arabia etc.
+8 # rural oregon progressive 2016-11-11 17:36
Good points, all, Merlin. She does have some substantive "splain'n" to do.
-7 # Cassandra2012 2016-11-11 17:44
The misogynists who drank the Teapugnican kool-aid about Hillary being a 'crook' (more than Trump?, more than the Democratic male establishment?, more than .... and the mediocre bigots and Tealiban own this election too.
The millennials that are woefully ignorant of history can get in there as well --- those who ignore history are CONDEMNED to repeat it.
The 'purists' who never acknowledged that their self-serving intransigence added to this result, need to buy a better mirror too!
+15 # Patriot 2016-11-11 18:43
Cassandra, misogynists dislike women. Those of us who did not support Clinton disliked her being the beneficiary of a sabotaged campaign and a stolen election, if not complicit in both; her determined, ignorant, stubborn hawkishness; her pathological inability to tell the truth about any policy or issue--for starters. Since many of us supported Stein, as we told you repeatedly, we can hardly be called misogynists. Nor are we ignorant of history; it was Clinton's history to which we objected. Voting for a pplatform and candidate that represented our beliefs and our interests wasn't intransigence. The faults were not ours, but Clinton's--and the DNC's, because they sabotaged an excellent PROGRESSIVE candidate whom most of the electorate eagerly supported, and whom polls indicated could defeat Trump, while the same polls indicated Clinton could not.

Why did the Dems back a two-time loser, when we kept telling them she would become a three-time loser--as she did?

You've been told all of this repeatedly, so why are you still bringing it up? Haven't you learned anything more than the DNC has learned? (Talk about doomed to repeat history!!) Still need someone to blame? Then look in a mirror.
-14 # MidwesTom 2016-11-11 15:06
Does this mean that she is for open borders? That one of the things that defeated HRC.
-18 # MidwesTom 2016-11-11 15:08
The simplest way too raise everyone's wages is to e,imitate competition for jobs.
+7 # pegasus4508 2016-11-11 16:49
Let me know how that works for you when trump and rethugs eliminate the minimum wage. That means you, Tom...
0 # Merlin 2016-11-11 22:22
pegasus4508 2016-11-11 16:49
Just FYI, Tom is an independent businessman.
+27 # REDPILLED 2016-11-11 15:09
How about standing up to oppose endless wars and bloated military spending which steals funds needed for transitioning to sustainable,non -fossil, non-nuclear energy as well as for infrastructure repair?

The jobs created by those vital, necessary spending priorities would put most of our unemployed and underemployed back to works doing something constructive for us, instead of killing people for the war profiteers and neocons.
+19 # Ted 2016-11-11 15:11
"...The American people sent one more message as well..."

Do not lie, steal, and cheat us out of our primary (OR general election) votes for the leadership WE, not party elites and corporatists but WE, choose.
-2 # chemtex2611 2016-11-11 15:56
The big problem is that the Reps. and Sens. listen to lobbyists instead of their constituents. They should do their own homework and thinking.

Warren didn't run because you men would have trashed her just like you trashed Clinton for 30 years. You didn't do it? I didn't hear you questioning and stopping FOX.....
So now you have an un-convincted sexual predator and aggressor who has made $$ by stealing tuition from students at his university.
+6 # Patriot 2016-11-11 18:45
Chemtex, see my response to Cassandra above. Then you go stand in front of a mirror, too.
-5 # Robbee 2016-11-12 11:12
Quoting Patriot:
Chemtex, see my response to Cassandra above. Then you go stand in front of a mirror, too.

patrat - everyone has a mirror - same as those you accuse! - own rump!

# Patriot 2016-11-04 20:38
the vast majority of Americans wanted SANDERS

- damn! isn't that the exack same thing P A T R A T now says about jillie?

at least when P A T R A T is not saying instead? - if only the vast majority of Americans K N E W who jillie was? they would want jillie?

in sum P A T R A T says the vast majority of Americans don't know - or vote for - who they want

what P A T R A T doesn't tell us is that the vast majority of blacks, latinos, union members and women want hill

or that that the vast majority of young folks wanted bernie

and that S T I L L does not add up the vast majority of americans who vote

P A T R A T has a screw loose! - hope P A T R A T finds it before P A T R A T elects rump!

# Patriot 2016-11-11 03:12
I wrote Sanders today to beg him to contact Trump, meet with him, offer him any help he will accept. Please do the same. We must not be on the warpath yet.

- and be sure to remind rump he owes you!
- tell rump that you voted for jillie knowing it would help him win! - and that in 4 years - you pledge to do the same!
+3 # lfeuille 2016-11-12 03:27
That's not why she didn't run. She doesn't seem to be afraid of criticism from anyone, male or female. She gives better than she gets. I think she didn't run because she just wasn't ready to. She likes what she is doing now and is good at it.
+4 # seeuingoa 2016-11-11 15:57
exctly Merlin!

How could she dobbel-cross her supporters by endosing Hillary the darling of Wall Street?
+16 # 2016-11-11 16:21
The DNC owns this election and the entire party leadership must be purged!
Right on Grandlakeguy.
+12 # Aaron Tovish 2016-11-11 17:24
I second that emotion. But I also want to point out that screaming for their heads won't do the trick. This has got to be approached methodically and thoroughly. There needs to be reform at every level of the Democratic Party during 2017, so that it can go into the mid-term elections stronger than ever. Sanders and Warren need to be pushed to make this a priority.
+8 # Bryan 2016-11-11 17:29
The Dems use to be class warriors...for the working class and working poor.

But they gave that up because some idiots told them that the 'demographics' of the country was changing and they should go for the identity voters.

''the left abandoned the fundamentals of class politics and drifted into the comfort of identity politics”

And here's what happened...

Clinton did worse than Obama in '08/'12 among whites. And Blacks. And Latinos. And Asian. And Millennials. And men. And NO GAINS w/ women.
+2 # lfeuille 2016-11-12 03:37
As Bernie demonstrates, it is not either/or. You can appeal to the working and lower classes while still supporting gay rights, women's rights, reproductive rights, Black Lives Matter, immigrant right, indigenous rights, etc. What you casually dismiss as identity politics is for most people affected a matter of being able to survive free of harassment. Very few are at the level of Hillary Clinton who claims to be fighting for women while really just indulging her own ambition.
0 # librarian1984 2016-11-12 08:10
1) I'm not sure how you think 'identity politics' is separate from class politics. If you are helping the working class and poor you are helping women and blacks and Hispanics and LGBTQ by definition.

I don't think the Dems stopped helping workers so they could help blacks. Is that what you mean? Those causes are intertwined. Helping one group does not preclude helping the other. Besides, there are enough of us that we can do more than one thing at a time. We can fight for economic and social justice at the same time.

The Dems 'gave up' advocating for 99% of us because the Clintons got the party triangulating and kowtowing to corporations while giving lip service to identity groups and workers and families.

When you blame your economic woes on blacks and immigrants, you are being manipulated. Our anger should be directed at the politicians who've abandoned us for their own benefit.

2) There are seismic social issues roiling beneath our feet every moment of every day -- but there are also people and personalities. We can talk about the demographics (and they are fascinating) of the election, but we cannot forget that the candidate was Hillary Clinton.

I think it is difficult for many lefties to comprehend how much she is disliked and how poorly she campaigned. Many of the things we note here are true, but hanging over it all is the fact of Clinton herself.

I don't think Bernie would have lost, or even Obama if he'd've run.
-3 # Thinking allowed 2016-11-11 18:19
You who posted above will suffer from Trump's Presidency---ju st deserts for not voting for Hillary. Do you think that Trump will accomplish progressive goals more than Hillary would have?
Bernie will be 79 in the next election and perhaps not even in Congress by then.
Also, do you realize that a Republican in office in the census year of 2020 means that gerrymandering will be done by Republicans again--not to mention 3 vacancies on the Supreme Court filled by radical, regressive Republicans. What fun!
+8 # Aaron Tovish 2016-11-11 18:46
Quoting Thinking allowed:

Also, do you realize that a Republican in office in the census year of 2020 means that gerrymandering will be done by Republicans again

Not if we organize to get out the vote in the 2018 mid-term. (Step ONE: retake the Democratic Party machinery.) Then Congress will be Democratic and it can undo the gerrymandering that followed the last consensus.
+1 # lfeuille 2016-11-12 03:45
If we can do that, the whole thing will be worthwhile. Something had to happen to wake up the Dem. establishment. It's embrace of neoliberalism was, in addition to being immoral, unsustainable. People will not vote to be screwed for ever.
-3 # Robbee 2016-11-13 12:24
Quoting lfeuille:
If we can do that, the whole thing will be worthwhile. Something had to happen to wake up the Dem. establishment. It's embrace of neoliberalism was, in addition to being immoral, unsustainable. People will not vote to be screwed for ever.

- how long will it take to eat such words?

- all who denied that bernie woke up the dem establishment can rejoice? for now?

we have probably 8 years of repuglican regime - including 24 years of house repug majorities after the 2020 and 2030 (mid-term) census / gerrymander elections

we also get enough corporatist / fundamentalist / states-rights scalias to last our lifetimes

if robbee could afford to - robbee would depart for a country that has a less rampant crony capitalist future - if wishes were horses robbee would ride!

as of tuesday - count on it - some leftists "will vote to be screwed for ever" - congratulate yourselves! jilliebots played their tiny part in the rest of our lives - did nader run in 2004? - will jillie run again in 2020? getting many votes?

don't bet on rump losing in 2020! don't bet on native americans defeating pipelines! xl, tar sands or fracking anywhere! don't bet on roe v wade! - don't bet on voting rights!

as lib says we might as well all get behind rump! he's in charge of crumbs! some will fall our way! - recall! - america has to hate muslims! - it's a constant!

unless bernie or warren say something - robbee will try to refrain from future comment!
+6 # Patriot 2016-11-11 18:55
Trump may well succeed in wringing some pprogressive laws out of Congress, but I don't think Clinton would have: She sold her soul to the oligarchs, and never would have disappointed them.

Did she ever deny her connections to them? Did she ever repudiate those connections? No, she blamed the reprehensible conduct of her campaign staff and the DNC staff on Russian hacking, without ever bothering to acknowledge or apologize for a group of poeple whose ethics are patently deplorable.

There's been a lot of hogwash here about having to explain how someone of Trump's character could have been elected, but darned little discussion of how anyone could explain supporting the morally degenerate cheaters that the DNC and their annointed candidate are.

I don't expect much from Trump, although he may yet surprise us; but I expected nothing from Clinton, because that is what I thought we would get. I do not regret my vote for Stein (far from it; it was a huge satisfaction to vote for the government I really want), but it did NOT elect Trump.
+4 # lfeuille 2016-11-12 03:42
It wasn't us that blew Hillary's lead. We were never part of it. She did that herself by being such as lousy candidate. It was Hillary who knew that she was out of touch and couldn't generate enthusiasm but insisted on having her turn anyway and the DNC that rigged the primary for her that are responsible for Trump.
+1 # librarian1984 2016-11-12 08:21
It boggles he mind to think about what the Clintons knew before deciding to go ahead and run anyway.

I'm sure there were things that didn't even come out. But they knew the WS speeches would be an issue -- and would probably come out at some point -- yet chose to play coy instead of just putting them out there.

They knew about the server and the emails. They knew deleting thousands of emails after being subpoenaed would be risky -- and possibly motivate other insiders to be placed in dilemmas of their own.

They knew she would be divisive. They knew she wasn't a great candidate. They knew things that we still don't know.

But decided to run anyway. Decided not to just apologize about the server or the WS speeches because Hillary Clinton does not apologize until it is dragged out of her after painful investigations and blah blah.

They knew her problems even better than we did but decided to run anyway. It didn't matter to them that thousands of people would work to elect her, lugging around her excess baggage, that millions of people would vote for her and invest in her -- people she intended all along to betray.

At any point she could have risen to leadership, found a voice that inspired, that united, that calmed -- but she never did. She relied on her organization and workers to shore up her weaknesses. She did not really put in the effort at all, to grow, to become better. Hell, I never even got an invitation to her party.
-1 # ericlipps 2016-11-11 19:11
Trump may well succeed in wringing some progressive laws out of Congress, but I don't think Clinton would have: She sold her soul to the oligarchs, and never would have disappointed them.
What makes you think Trump is really interested in "wringing some progressive laws out of Congress"? He's interested in playing on people's fears, resentments and outright hatreds for his personal benefit and that of his chums in the 0.0001%.
+1 # Skyelav 2016-11-12 03:46
Because he stood to the left of her in several issues..
He doesn't see problems like a party politician.
We shall see
+9 # Patriot 2016-11-11 19:20
My letter this evening to Sen. Warren:

Senator, why do you now so vigorously oppose Trump by espousing the same policies that Senator Sanders promoted? Why do you blame the DNC for a lost election, when you refused and failed to support Senator Sanders' campaign? Your endorsement could have made an enormous difference in the outcome of his campaign, and your continued support at the convention might have resulted in his nomination.

Before you become a righteous warrior for truth, freedom, and the American way in opposition to Trump, how about explaining what many of us felt was your unconscionable support of the delporable Clinton--partic ularly in light of your failure to support Senator Sanders.

Your conflicting conduct has cast grave doubts on your own credibility--an d they are doubts that put you in the same category as the rest of the Democratic establishment, so that your castigation of them sounds a bit hollow.

Won't you please explain why you never gave Senator Sanders your endorsement and your support, yet glued yourself to the candidate on whose behalf Senator Sanders' campaign was sabotaged and primary results fraudulently reported?
+7 # Patriot 2016-11-11 19:21
In short, what, exactly, makes you different from the rest of the unDemocratic Party establishment that was determined to shove Clinton down our throats, even after we had made it clear that we did not want her, and that she could not defeat Trump? For heaven's sake, she had alreadly lost TWO previous presidential campaigns; what made anyone think she could win the third?

Please defend your credibility and your honor. Many, many voters would like to believe in and trust your integrity.
+1 # Merlin 2016-11-11 22:29
Patriot 2016-11-11 19:21
Excellent letter!

"Please defend your credibility and your honor. Many, many voters would like to believe in and trust your integrity."

+3 # jimallyn 2016-11-11 23:37
Quoting Patriot:
Please defend your credibility and your honor.

She can't. She sold her soul to Hillary Clinton.
+7 # Saberoff 2016-11-11 19:56
Right E. You will stand up to bigotry but you won't stand up for the real progressive: Bernie Sanders.
+3 # elkingo 2016-11-11 22:13
But E, will the President Reject actually pursue some of the cruel and outre projects he avowed during the bullshit campaign? Still impossible to believe.

But I stand with Saberoff. You jumped ship when Bernie went down, ad did Obummer. Were y'all voting lesser of gwp evils?

And all the mealy-mouthed 'reconciliatory " blather on all sides makes me want to puke.
One wouldn't condone that in self-respecting adults let alone people in high places/
+1 # Skyelav 2016-11-12 03:43
Oh boo hoo ms Warren Now get back to work. I see you haven't progressed much. Pun intended
+4 # relegn 2016-11-12 06:58
-fundamental reform of our economic system- starts here: A top marginal tax rate of 70%,a capital gains rate of 45%, a steep rise in the estate tax on large estates. Change costs money and we all know where that money is.
0 # Patriot 2016-11-14 00:49
Folks, taxes on the rich won't happen through Congress: They'd be taxing THEMSELVES!
0 # JoaquinWalking 2016-11-14 15:20

That demagogic name calling won't work: fascist, racist, homophobic etc.

Hillary (your friend) tried it in the election and lost.

Some people (like the college educated professionals shown beating up a man who voted for Trump) believe that propaganda. People who matter don't.

Why don't you try another angle? But not one like being a member of the long lost Cherokee tribe that wandered Europe for forty millennium days and forty millennium nights until setting foot on the North American continent, to be reunited with Her People. That line didn't work.

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