On Monday, the very last day of 2018, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) launched an exploratory committee to run for president in 2020. Warren’s far-Left platform echoes that of open “democratic socialist” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), yet she blamed Republicans and the Right for “hate” and division.
“America’s middle class is under attack,” Warren declares in her 2020 announcement video. “Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie, and they enlisted politicians to cut them a fatter slice.”
Warren goes on to claim that “the whole scam is propped up by an echo chamber of fear and hate, designed to distract and divide us, people who will do or say anything to hang on to power point the finger at anyone who looks, thinks, prays, or loves differently than they do.” As she says these words, images of Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon flash on the screen along with Fox News hosts Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson.
Carlson has faced ugliness from the Left. Last month, protesters surrounded Carlson’s home and broke in, terrifying his wife (he was away at the time).
Indeed, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has redefined “hate” to include conservative ideas, and is pressuring big-tech companies to banish “hate speech” on the Internet.
America’s polarization stems from both sides. The white nationalist riots in Charlottesville were horrific, but far-Left protesters have vandalized cities and targeted Trump supporters. While the polarization reached a fever pitch with Trump, divisions were building under Barack Obama, who demonized conservatives from the very beginning.
Indeed, Warren’s announcement video begins by presenting a view of America’s problems that only the far Left would agree with. Importantly, her vision demonizes various groups of people, fueling the very division she claims to abhor. “Today, corruption is poisoning our democracy. Politicians look the other way while big insurance companies deny patients life-saving coverage, while big banks rip off consumers, and while big oil companies destroy this planet,” the senator declares.
Warren likely rushed her announcement in order to beat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to the punch. Sanders, the runner-up for the 2016 Democratic nomination, is also weighing a run and consistently polls near the top of the race. Warren fell behind former Vice President Joe Biden, Sanders, and Beto O’Rourke in an Iowa Democratic poll this month.
Perhaps in order to counteract Sanders’ claim to be the key leader on these issues, Warren emphasized her work to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and her decision to leave her law professorship in order to run for Congress after the financial crisis of 2008.
Warren may have also timed her announcement to distract from the recent scandal of her DNA test, which revealed a tiny trace of native American blood. The Cherokee Nation slammed her over the test, and President Donald Trump praised the Cherokee Nation for this smack-down. The scandal continues to plague Warren, whom Trump has dubbed “Pocahontas.”
Watch her announcement video below.
Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules, & take care of themselves & the people they love. That’s what I’m fighting for, & that’s why I’m launching an exploratory committee for president. I need you with me: https://t.co/BNl2I1m8OX pic.twitter.com/uXXtp94EvY
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) December 31, 2018
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