Elizabeth Warren, daughter to a janitor, and now Senator of Massachusetts, joined forces with Hilary Clinton to promote her campaign. With a lively crowd of 2000 in the Cincinnati’s historic Union Terminal, Warren both praised Hilary Clinton for her campaign based on progression and equality, whilst heavily berating Donald Trump, the Republican nominee.
Background of Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren is an extremely interesting personality, and the role she plays in Clinton’s campaign is very important. Growing up, her father had fallen very ill and so she had to take up a job as a waitress at the age of 13 to help the family financially. She was formerly a professor of law, lecturing in bankruptcy law at Rutgers and Pennsylvania Universities, and then Harvard Law School in 1995. Before becoming a Senator she was Chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel, and then Special Advisor for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Interestingly, she had voted as a Republican for many years on the principle that they supported markets, but began to vote for the Democrats from 1995 because she no longer believed that to be true. Her support for the Democrats can also be seen through her outspoken support for progressive causes.
Attacks on Donald, and praises of Hilary
During her appearance on Hilary Clinton’s campaign trail, Warren spoke fervently against Donald Trump, referring to him as a “small, insecure money-grubber who fights for no one but himself.” She even criticised Trump’s praise of the UK’s Brexit decision to leave the EU, stating “what kind of man roots for people to lose their jobs, to lose their homes, to lose their life’s savings?”
Furthermore, the antagonism between Warren and Trump can be further viewed by the way he has called her ‘Pocahontas’- a reference to her self-identified Native American ancestry - which is a highly provocative and offensive comment to make.
Conversely, Warren praised Hilary Clinton as the right person to enter the White House. She compared Clinton’s more civilised and professional manner to Trump’s bullish one, centred on hate: “Hilary Clinton will be the next president of the United States because she knows what it takes to beat a thin-skinned bully who is driven by greed and hate.” What is important about Warren’s support of Clinton is that she can try to galvanise the progressive voters who had previously supported Bernie Sanders.
It seems that now is the time for democrats to unite and support Clinton on her campaign. Even if people are sceptical with her links to Wall Street, with Hilary as the Democratic Nominee, people need to rally and vocalise their support for her if they do not want Donald Trump to become president of the United States of America.
Saddiqui, S. ‘Girl Power’ as Clinton and Warren gang up on Trump’, The Guardian [London] 28 June 2016