SENTINEL: Raskin and Warren Rock the House with Democratic Revival
December 3, 2016
By Nickolai Sukharev
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) rallied with progressives Wednesday at the Silver Spring Civic Center, urging them to “fight for the people who sent us here” during a fundraiser for Rep.-elect Jamie Raskin (D-8).
“We are not the minority party, we are the opposition party,” said Warren to a packed crowd of several hundred people.
Raskin billed the rally as the “Democratic Resistance and Revival in Dark Times” in response to the Democratic Party’s losses in this year’s election cycle.
“The depression ends today and revival begins tonight,” said Raskin. “We are not a racist and we are not an ‘alt-right’ country.”
In response to President-Elect Donald Trump’s claims of undocumented voters, Raskin said, “He should do what Jill Stein did and ask for a recount.”
Raskin also spoke about finding common ground with Trump on infrastructure though he criticized the president-elect’s Cabinet nominees.
“I think there is confusion among both Democrats and Republicans in Congress about what Donald Trump is going to do but it’s becoming clearer, as he appoints another billionaire to his Cabinet, who he’s going to serve,” Raskin said.
He added, “One area of common ground between us and the Republicans is reinvestment in American infrastructure. Growing up, the Metro was the crown jewel; now I can’t even take it and be at work on time.”
Warren, who Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign team vetted for the vice presidency this year and campaigned with her, spoke on numerous issues regarding the President-Elect’s agenda.
“We stand up to bigotry and we do not compromise,” said Warren. “Trump promised that he would drain the swamp in Washington, but so far, he seems to just be loading the swamp with more swamp monsters.”
Warren, who is the architect of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), expects legislative battles to keep the agency and financial regulations intact.
“We believe in accountability for giant banks and when CEO’s break the law they deserve to be jailed,” she said.
The first-term senator also stressed that lower taxes for the wealthy would only aggravate income inequality.
“Trickle down economics have gutted the middle class,” said Warren. “When we turn on each other, rich guys, like Donald Trump, can push through more tax breaks for themselves.”
Warren addressed the future of the Democratic Party, stressing members should support the platform of the party.
“We believe that every kid deserves an education with being drowned in student debt, that workers have a right to organize, and that the elderly have the right to retire in dignity,” said Warren. “We believe that equal means equal.”
The rally also featured remarks from Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett and Congresswoman-Elect Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.).
“It’s not about political identity politics, it’s about how we listen, how we can craft legislation to bring everyone in,” she said.
Jaypal emigrated from India and served in the Washington State Senate prior to her election to Congress in 2016. “It’s time we have civil right and civil liberties for everyone,” she said.
The congresswoman-elect also cited progressive victories across the nation such as those in Arizona, a state that voted for Trump but also passed a $12 minimum wage and defeated Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R), who Department of Justice officials accused of racially profiling Latinos.
Meanwhile in Maryland, Raskin, Rep.-elect Anthony Brown (D-4) and five Democratic incumbent congressmen won election, Clinton improved on Pres. Barack Obama’s 2012 winning margin and Sen.-elect Chris Van Hollen (D) replaced outgoing Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) in the Senate.
Raskin, Jayapal, and Warren, all stressed that although Donald Trump won the Electoral College, Clinton emerged victorious in the popular vote.
Clinton led the national vote count by 2.5 million votes as of Nov. 30 though she trailed in the Electoral College, 306 to 232.