Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren formally announced her candidacy for President on Saturday at a rally in Lawrence, MA in which she slammed the Trump administration as “the most corrupt in living memory.”
Warren emphasized that corruption was at the root of America’s political problems, saying:
“Even after Trump is gone it wont do just to do a better job of running a broken system.”
“We need to take power in Washington away from the wealthy and the well-connected and put it back in the hands of the people where it belongs.”
Elizabeth Warren makes it official: “I stand here today to declare that I am a candidate for President of the United States of America.” Via ABC pic.twitter.com/4oNJlFFW17
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 9, 2019
“The Trump administration is the most corrupt in living memory. But even after Trump is gone, it won’t do just to do a better job of running a broken system,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren says after officially announcing 2020 presidential campaign. https://t.co/jiu5vRBiJQ pic.twitter.com/agAQSvzp55
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) February 9, 2019
Warren also pledged not to take any PAC, lobbyist, or Super PAC money in the course of her campaign and challenged her fellow candidates to do the same.
Elizabeth Warren: “I’m not taking a dime of PAC money in this campaign. I’m not taking a single check from a federal lobbyist. I’m not taking applications from billionaires who want to run a Super PAC on my behalf.” Via CBS pic.twitter.com/QBchCOyAbz
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 9, 2019
Let’s be clear: I won’t take a dime of PAC money in this campaign. I won’t take a single check from a federal lobbyist, or billionaires who want to run a Super PAC on my behalf.
And I challenge every other candidate who asks for your vote in this primary to do the same.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 9, 2019
The response online was positive with commenters praising Warren’s practical, no-nonsense approach and anti-corruption message.
Warren does a *very* good job of:
1) Not just being anti-Trump
2) Explaining how the system that produced Trump is rigged
3) Naming names about who is to blame (bankers, corporations, billionaires, lobbyists)
4) Rejecting race-neutral economic analysis https://t.co/HWGvRcobRm
— Ezra Levin (@ezralevin) February 9, 2019
Elizabeth Warren officially launches her presidential campaign in Lawrence, MA and arrives to Dolly Parton’s “9-5” as a nod to the working class. Very nice touch. #Warren2020 pic.twitter.com/orKrxkSCvh
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) February 9, 2019
Elizabeth Warren: “Some rich guys scream ‘CLASS WARFARE!’ But let me tell you something, these same rich guys have been waging class warfare against hard-working people for decades. I say it’s time to fight back.” pic.twitter.com/6TCIIFxs63
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) February 9, 2019
Very important point here by @SenWarren. we have a LOT of broken foundations that were supposed to protect us from a Trump but failed us.
one of the biggest is the way our media works, and that isn’t just on the mainstream media but also us all as consumers. https://t.co/zGVS3iR8lh
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 9, 2019
— Brett Banditelli (@banditelli) February 9, 2019
I’m not going to livetweet the entire Warren annoucement speech, but this was notable: pic.twitter.com/gc2uNQsKYS
— David Dayen (@ddayen) February 9, 2019
Warren wraps up w/pledge to “dream big, fight hard and win.” then plays Aretha Franklin: R-E-S-P-E-C-T” pic.twitter.com/9hiY6e816s
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) February 9, 2019
Elizabeth Warren’s mix of progressive populism and social justice seems like the clearest path to bringing the Bernie and Clinton crowds together — who else could do that? — to build the largest Dem coalition since 2008. Her accomplishments and record also stand out. #Warren2020
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 9, 2019
Don’t read this as an endorsement, but it’s been clear for a while that Warren is probably the only candidate who can bring together the vast majority of progressive activists and basically every Democrat who isn’t outright owned by Wall Street.
— David Klion (@DavidKlion) February 9, 2019
One advantage of Warren’s clear message of class conflict is that when she winds up needing to argue that endless DNA talk is a distraction, she has a simple explanation of what it’s a distraction from.
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 9, 2019
Of course not EVERYONE was enthusiastic about Warren’s run…
The Trump campaign already has a statement out about Elizabeth Warren. “Elizabeth Warren has already been exposed as a fraud by the Native Americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her professional career, and the people of Massachusetts she deceived to get elected.” pic.twitter.com/NILe5BEmuh
— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) February 9, 2019
Trump campaign slams Warren over heritage controversy. Says she “deceived” MA people to get elected. Worth noting, Trump‘s political rise was partially fueled by his peddling of a false birther conspiracy against Obama. pic.twitter.com/KDAjKPnFYj
— Jay Strubberg (@jaystrubberg) February 9, 2019
It’s insane that we’re still talking about Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test that she’s since apologized for but candidate Trump had a new scandal every single week that was subsequently forgotten about when the next scandal arose. The media’s really gonna fuck this up again huh 🙃
— Brittany Van Horne (@_brittanyv) February 9, 2019