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Warren Criticizes Obama, Democrats For Economic Record

| by Lauren Briggs

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts blasted her fellow Democrats -- including former President Barack Obama -- for touting their achievements while doing little for those who were "left behind" by the economy.

"I think President Obama, like many others in both parties, talks about a set of big national statistics that look shiny and great but increasingly have giant blind spots," the 67-year-old senator told The Guardian on May 1. "That GDP, unemployment, no longer reflect the lived experiences of most Americans. And the lived experiences of most Americans is that they are being left behind in this economy.

"Worse than being left behind, they're getting kicked in the teeth."

Warren also said that President Donald Trump assuming the highest office in the nation has galvanized his "resistance" across the nation. Comparing Trump to authoritarian leaders, Warren said that she is working to make sure that his opponents "get heard in Washington."

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"We are no longer a country that believes we can do politics only once every four years, or even once every two years, no longer a country that says that democracy is only about elections and that it will tend to itself in the time periods between elections," she explained. "People are deeply engaged in issues right now. The healthcare fight. Immigration."

Many people have questioned whether Warren, who has spoken out against the president on many occasions, is posturing herself to challenge Trump for the presidency in 2020; however, in late April, she said that option was off the table for the time being, notes Fox News.

"Let me be clear, I am not running for president in 2020," she told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, according to Fox.

Instead, the senator said that she is working to make lasting policy change, both by trying to "open some doors" for those who are underrepresented and even by reaching across the aisle to the GOP, despite occasionally vicious clashes she has with them.

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"I think left-right is less and less an accurate description of the political landscape," she told The Guardian. "Now, having said that, I think there are real differences between the Republicans and the Democrats here in the United States. The Republicans have clearly thrown their lot in with the rich and the powerful, but so have a lot of Democrats. You know, it's a question of walking the walk on working people, on fighting for working people. I think that was the real point."

Sources: The Guardian, Fox News / Photo credit: A. Shaker/VOA via Wikimedia Commons

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