Former law professor and current Democratic Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren announced today that she's launching an exploratory committee for a 2020 presidential campaign.
Warren was widely seen as a potential candidate in 2020; she's the first Democrat to announce a semi-formal challenge to Donald Trump's reelection. Before she was elected to the Senate in 2012, Warren served as a professor of law -- specializing in bankruptcy law -- including at Harvard University. Leading up to her successful Senate run, Warren advised the National Bankruptcy Review Commission, served on the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion, and helped establish the Consumer Protection Bureau.
Warren has long championed the middle class, currently in steep decline since the halcyon post-World War II years. Her video announcing the start of her presidential run includes that message, highlighting how the wealthy have gamed the system to their benefit. In the clip, Donald Trump, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and Wall Street bankers personify the greed and grift that has overtaken the American economy and made the rich richer, to the detriment of everyone else.
The senator also highlights the racial disparity in American incomes, pointing out how generations of discrimination has made it harder for African-Americans to compete in the U.S. economy. Warren also highlights how the wealthy and powerful have used hate and division to hold onto power, including demonizing LGBTQ people. A clip of two men marrying is included in the video as is a female couple standing proudly in front of their home.
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