Elizabeth Warren made it clear that she has her sights set on the Oval Office when she launched an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential bid on New Year’s Eve. Now, as the New York Times reports, the Massachusetts senator has formally kickstarted her campaign.
On Saturday, Warren addressed a crowd of supporters at the Everett Mill in Lawrence, Massachusetts—the site of a landmark 1912 strike led by female laborers. It was a deliberate choice of location for Warren, a specialist in bankruptcy and commercial law who vowed to advocate on behalf of American workers.
“Today, millions and millions and millions of American families are also struggling to survive in a system that’s been rigged, rigged by the wealthy and the well-connected,” Warren said, according to the Times.
“Like the women of Lawrence,” she added, “we are here to say enough is enough!”
The presidential hopeful has put forth a plan that would implement a two percent wealth tax on fortunes of more than $50 million, and a three percent tax for fortunes that cross the $1 billion threshold, reports the Guardian. She said that the current system favors big businesses and the wealthy, who “seem to break the rules and pay no price.” Key to dismantling this system, she added, is doing away with the current administration, which she called “the most corrupt in living memory.”
Responding to Warren’s campaign launch on Twitter, President Trump invoked a taunt that he has often used to attack the senator: her purported Native American heritage. “Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!” he wrote on Twitter, in an apparent reference to the forced and perilous relocation of Native Americans in the 1830s, which is known as the Trail of Tears.
Trump has long attacked Warren over her claims that she hails from Native American ancestry, repeatedly mocking her by referring to her as “Pocahontas.” Last October, in an early sign that she was seriously considering a presidential run, Warren released a video in which she revealed the results of a DNA test showing that she had some Native American heritage. Her decision to publicize the results was condemned by Native American leaders, who criticized her for implying that race is determined by blood and for ignoring the importance of cultural kinship and tribal affiliation to Native citizenship. Warren apologized to the Cherokee Nation earlier this month.
Whether the controversy will continue to dog Warren remains to be seen. But during the first days of her campaign, she has been focused not only on criticizing Trump, but also on repairing what she sees as the injustices of a “badly broken system.”
“So, our job as we start rolling into the next election is not just to respond on a daily basis,” she said during an event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, according to CNN. It’s to talk about what we understand is broken in this country, talk about what needs to be done to change it and talk about how we’re going to do that, because that is not only how we win, it’s how we make the change we need to make.”