Elizabeth Warren is the first major Democrat to announce their presidential campaign for 2020
On Monday Warren made her announcement via emails and social media
Warren says the middle class are under attack due to billionaires abusing the system
Warren went public after filing her paperwork with the Federal Election Commission
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is officially the first major Democrat to announce their bid for president in the 2020 election.
Warren released a video to her Facebook on Monday morning announcing she was launching an exploratory committee for president. In the video, Warren says the middle class is under attack due to billionaires abusing the system. Warren’s platform is currently focusing on economic fairness for all Americans.
Every person in America should be able to work hard, play by the same set of rules, & take care of themselves & the people they love. That’s what I’m fighting for, & that’s why I’m launching an exploratory committee for president. I need you with me: http://elizabethwarren.com
After filing her paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, Warren sent out emails to her supporters.
Our government is supposed to work for all of us, but instead, it has become a tool for the wealthy and well-connected,” she says in a more than four-minute video announcing her exploratory committee. “If we organize together, if we fight together, if we persist together, we can win.
Warren has a rough history with President Donald Trump. Trump gave Warren the nickname “Pocahontas” as a way to mock her claim to Native American heritage. At a rally in Montana, Trump challenged Warren to take a DNA test and offered to donate a million dollars to a charity of her choosing if she was able to prove Native American heritage.
I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian. I have a feeling she will say no but hold it for the debates.
Earlier in the year, Warren took the DNA test which showed she did most likely have at least one Native American in her family tree. However, people misconstrued the results of the test. A DNA test has no bearing on Native American identity. Even if Warren had a substantial amount of Native American DNA, that has nothing to do with Native American identity or tribal membership, both of which are socially and culturally determined.
Some have accused Warren of identifying as a Native American for personal gain, but multiple deep investigations into her past have not found any evidence to support the accusation. Warren’s DNA became an issue in her 2012 Senate run after Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown accused her of lying about her Native American heritage to get special treatment with her academics.