Warren On Trump Protests: People Are Upset And Have The Right To Have Their Voices Heard

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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren talks with Rachel Maddow about the election of Donald Trump, what non-Trump voters can do to assuage their despair, and the path forward for Democrats.

Transcript, via MSNBC:

RACHEL MADDOW: On a personal level, as a human being, as a citizen, how are you feeling about this election?

SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: Now? It happened. And 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. That's what I think it's all about.

MADDOW: A lot of liberals in particular are despondent, you know, there's people talking about moving to Canada. A lot of people -- I'm running into people on the subway, literally today twice on the subway in New York City and once in the airport as I was coming here to meet with you, people who looked at me and started to say something to me recognizing me from TV and they broke down in tears.

People are very, very upset. And I keep hearing, you can't move to Canada, you can't go into your shell, you can't be despondent, you have to fight. But fight how?

WARREN: All right. Look, let's start with the fact, because you really do have to acknowledge this. This is painful. This really and truly hurts. And we have to remember how Donald Trump started this whole campaign. He started it with an attack on Mexican-Americans and then he took the escalator down.

And his entire campaign was fueled on racism and bigotry, attacks on women, attacks on African-Americans, attacks on Latinos, attacks on Muslims, attacks on people who were disabled. I mean, it was one attack after another.

And that means we have to think about what this means for America and where we go forward right now. And so the first part I start with, on any part of this is that Donald Trump brought a kind of bigotry to the fore that we've never seen so publicly in our politics or at least not in a very, very, very long time.

So what are we going to do about that? That means for me what we're going to do is we're going to stand up and say there's a lot we'll try to work with you on, there are a lot of places where there are going to have to be compromises, there are things we're going to end up losing because we don't have the White House, we don't have the Senate, we don't have the House of Representative.

But on those core issues about treating every single human being in this country with dignity, on that we stand up and we fight back. We do not back down. We do not compromise, not today, not tomorrow, not ever.

For me, that's the starting place on how to understand what's happened to us...

MADDOW: Nobody planned on Donald Trump being president anywhere in the ideological number line, but people who were upset about it by the thousands turned out last night and by the thousands are turning out tonight. We're seeing huge numbers of people in the street, particularly in Baltimore tonight but in some other cities.

Do you think that is healthy? Do you support those protests? Do you encourage people to protest?

WARREN: Look, people are upset and they're right to be upset. This is our country, and people have a right to have their voices heard. What happened on Tuesday, we could let our country head in that direction, in the direction that Donald Trump offered in his campaign to lead us or we can say we are a better people than that.

We have a right to be heard, but we also have an obligation to listen. You know, part of what happened on Tuesday is what Donald Trump offered up with this kind of toxic stew of bigotry, but there were millions of people across this country who voted for him not because of that bigotry but in spite of that bigotry.

There are millions of people across this country who voted for him because they are angry about what's happening in this country, because they are worried about what's happened in this country, and because they are hopeful that he is someone who will come in and break a system that is not working for them.

It is not working for them economically. It is not working for them politically. You know, the way I understand this election is that the American people voted for significant change. This economy is working for a slice at the top and it's leaving everybody else in the dirt. People hanging on by their fingernails.

And this political system is working for a slice of those at the top and shutting everybody else out. The American people want to see change. Our job now is to try to give some direction to that change, to force that change in a way that not only opens up for more and more families, but that helps us build a future that works, not just for some of our kids, but a future that works for all of our kids.

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