Elizabeth Warren

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Elizabeth Warren is a Harvard Law School professor and the Democratic Senator representing Massachusetts, the spirit of America. She won the 2012 election against Republican incumbent Scott Brown.

Achievements[edit]

She helped create the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. President Barack Obama tried to appoint her to chair the position but her appointment was blocked by the Senate. Unfortunately for her and all American consumers, they have effectively lost the ability to sue companies following the passage of a law that grants the latter immunity.[1] She continues to shame corrupt corporate leaders who put profits before people. However, given the current political situation, she may not be able to achieve much. She deserves credit for trying, though.

She is currently a very popular author and guest speaker among those who are outraged by the federally-funded bailouts of large banks. Hillary Clinton wishes she could be as popular as Warren is right now.[citation NOT needed]

The right has branded Warren a promoter of "class warfare" because she has the nerve to point out that income inequality is a serious issue facing the country today.

Support for Clinton[edit]

In the 2016 presidential primaries, Warren acted as a surrogate for Hillary Clinton, warding off her major rival, Bernie Sanders, Senator from Vermont, and hoping to placate the grassroots of the party.[2] Many progressives hoped that Clinton would choose Warren as part of her unity ticket in order to bring the grassroots into her campaign; instead, she underestimated the loyalty of old, white social conservatives to the Republican Party and so went with one of those guys instead ("balanced ticket" and all that).[3]

Senator Warren answered in the affirmative when asked if the 2016 Democratic primary was rigged.[4] She later amended her opinion on the matter "suggesting instead that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) showed some bias but that the selection process had been fair."[5]

"Pocahontas" controversy[edit]

Warren repeatedly claimed to be of Cherokee descent. There is the distinct possibility that Warren may be as much as 1/64 Cherokee, but even FactCheck.org cannot provide supporting evidence of this claim.[6] During her career at Harvard, the university often boasted of its diverse faculty including mentioning Warren among its list of minority professors with other people of color. Prior to her career at Harvard, Warren provided information that suggested she was a minority for the Association of American Law Schools directory of professors of law.[6] This claim spilled over into her run for the United States Senate in 2012. Warren's high cheekbones, along with her grandfather's same feature, was proffered as supporting evidence by Warren herself.

Trolling Trump[edit]

See the main article on this topic: Donald Trump

During the 2016 campaign season, when he was running for president, Trump frequently slammed Warren as a high-profile Clinton donor. He called her "Pocahontas" – an ethnic slur based on a 2012 manufactured controversy over Warren's alleged Native American heritage. Warren didn't do herself any favors, and instead resorted to the embarrassing "high cheekbones" line to claim Native heritage. Naturally, this provided ample political cannon-fodder to the GOP, and used it throughout his 2016 campaign.[7] Due to a fear that Warren may emerge as the new face of the Democratic Party, Trump has upped the ante against Warren recently.[8]

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