PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren made an impassioned case for Hillary Clinton on Monday, hailing her as a tenacious fighter on behalf of working people while dismissing presidential rival Donald Trump as someone who “cares about himself every minute of every day.”
Warren, a favorite among liberals, told the Democratic National Convention that the party must unite around Clinton after a divisive primary with Bernie Sanders.
Warren called Clinton “one of the smartest, toughest, most tenacious people on this planet,” contrasting her decades-long record of public service with Trump, who she described as “a man who has never sacrificed anything for anyone.”
In the convention’s keynote address, Warren told an excited crowd: “I’m with Hillary. This choice is personal. It’s about who we are as a people.”
While enthusiastically endorsing Clinton, Warren spent most of the speech attacking Trump.
The first-term senator has emerged as one of the Democrats’ toughest critics of Trump, and she kept up her attacks on his character and business record as she delivered repeated jabs at the blustery billionaire.
“Donald Trump has no real plans for jobs, for college kids, for seniors,” Warren said. “No plans to make anything great for anyone except rich guys like Donald Trump.”
While Trump has excited Americans who are justifiably angry, he offers no solutions for their problems other than a promise that “he and he alone can fix the rigged system,” Warren said.
The only actual policy proposal Trump offered in accepting the Republican presidential nomination last week was “a stupid wall” that “will never get built,” Warren said. Trump has famously proposed building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border that he says Mexico will pay for.
Notably absent from Trump’s speech were proposals to improve children’s education, increase incomes or create jobs, Warren said.
On Twitter, Trump responded, “Elizabeth Warren, often referred to as Pocahontas, just misrepresented me and spoke glowingly about Crooked Hillary, who she always hated!” The “Pocahontas” taunt is rooted in Warren’s claims of Native American heritage.
Warren told the convention crowd Clinton will help “reject the politics of fear and division” and work to make the country “stronger together.”
“Let’s work our hearts out to make Hillary Clinton the next president of the United States,” Warren said.
An Ohio superdelegate who supports Clinton said Warren did a good job of challenging Trump’s appeal.
Warren “helps unite Democrats while laying out the case that Trump is like the Emperor wearing his new clothes: lacking any record or plan,” said Jocelyn Bucaro, chairwoman of the Butler County, Ohio Democratic Party in a Republican-heavy area north of Cincinnati.
Trump “seeks to divide and confuse us. We’re stronger together,” Bucaro said.
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