By Sarah Wheaton
July 25, 2016
Sen. Elizabeth Warren will accuse Donald Trump of inciting a race war on Monday night at the Democratic National Convention, according to excerpts of her remarks.
“Donald Trump’s America,” Warren plans to say, is “an America of fear and hate. An America where we all break apart. Whites against Blacks and Latinos. Christians against Muslims and Jews. Straight against gay. Everyone against immigrants.”
It’s actually Democrat against Democrat inside the Wells Fargo Center, and whether Warren’s call to arms against Trump will quiet the dueling boos and cheers among Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton supporters will be a key early test for whether Democrats can achieve unity in Philadelphia.
“Race, religion, heritage, gender – the more factions the better,” Warren plans to say in her attack on Trump.
“Divide and conquer is an old story in America,” Warren will also state, drawing an implied comparison between Trump’s appeal to downscale white voters and the segregation that Martin Luther King fought against.
“Instead of higher wages for workers, Dr. King described how poor whites in the South were fed Jim Crow, which told a poor white worker that, quote, ‘no matter how bad off he was, at least he was a white man, better than the black man.’ Racial hatred was part of keeping the powerful on top,” she plans to say.
“When we turn on each other, bankers can run our economy for Wall Street, oil companies can fight off clean energy, and giant corporations can ship the last good jobs overseas,” her speech continues. “When we turn on each other, we can’t unite to fight back against a rigged system.”
Trump has also contended that the system is rigged in his pitch to supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders — and leaked emails from the Democratic National Committee fueled his argument. But Warren, who shares Sanders’ progressive base, warns against his efforts to sow division.
“I’ve got news for Donald Trump,” she concludes. “The American people are not falling for it.”
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