Elizabeth Warren showed up on The Rachel Maddow Show last night to offer some words of wisdom to help get us through this living nightmare. Basically, Warren says this is super painful and terrible and bad (because it is), but we can't just roll over and take it. "It happened," she told Maddow. "There was a time to be really despondent about it, but the way I see it now, is that we pick ourselves up and we fight back."
Warren didn't sugarcoat things. She acknowledged Hillary Clinton's loss was devastating—not just because it saddled us with a vengeful unfit sociopath for president, but also because Clinton worked tirelessly for healthcare, children, women's rights, and global outreach over the last thirty years, and this is a blow. And now, our leader is a man who kicked off his presidential run by insulting Mexican-Americans, and continued to run a campaign fueled by racism, bigotry, and misogyny. "This is painful. This really and truly hurts," she said.
But that doesn't mean the 74 percent of the country that didn't vote for him should give up—"We have to be ready to mobilize on specific issues when the time comes," Warren said. "We're going to be smart, we're gonna be organized, we're going to use our time and our talents in a strategic way. We are not turning this country over to what Donald Trump has sold."
Warren noted two important ways Democrats and other anti-Trump folk could combat the potentially devastating effects of a Trump presidency—first, people need to volunteer (see here for organizations that can help), and second, they need to stay in touch with Democratic lawmakers and organizers so they're ready to take action the second, say, the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, or Trump sics immigration officers on DACA recipients.
Though Warren did offer harsher criticism of Trump than, say, President Obama or Clinton in recent days, she told Maddow she did see some campaign promises she could work on with Trump, like the adoption of Glass-Steagall, raising the minimum wage, and protecting Social Security. "We've got some places there we can overlap," Warren said. "You wanna do things that really will help build a little economic security in this country? I'm in. Turn loose Wall Street and crash the economy? Nope."
So, we might be entering Trump's America, but that doesn't mean we've lost Obama's, or Warren's, or any advocate on the side of good. "When it comes to treating every single human being in this country with dignity, on that we stand up and fight back," she said. "We do not back down, we do not compromise, not today, not tomorrow, not ever."