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Warren: Clinton Lost Because Of Racism

| by Ray Brown
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts blamed some of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump in the presidential election on racism.

"Part of it is an ugly stew of racism,″ Warren said when asked why many working class white voters chose Trump, a wealthy white man, over Clinton, a wealthy white woman.

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‶He got that people are deeply angry,″ she added, according to Newsweek. ‶People are right to be angry, but Donald Trump said it’s their fault -- those other people. Those people who don’t worship like you, those people who don’t look like you, those people who aren’t the same color as you.″

According to Pew Research, Trump won white non-Hispanic voters by 21 percentage points, which is similar to former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's 20 percent edge with white voters over President Barack Obama in 2012.

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Although Trump's numbers among white voters were similar to Romney's, who ran against a black candidate, Clinton's numbers among non-white voters were far lower than Obama's in 2012.

Among black voters, Clinton beat Trump 88 to 8 percent, but that tally was significantly less than Obama's performance in 2012, when he won 93 percent of the black vote.

Clinton won the popular vote by approximately 3 million voters but lost the electoral college after failing to keep reliably Democratic states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan.

Warren also criticized the president for failing to stick up for the working class voters who voted for him.

‶He has already signed off on a law to make it easier for employers to steal their employees’ wages,″ she said. ‶He’s made it easier for investment advisers to cheat retirees.″

Warren was referring to Obama's Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rule, which required that companies bidding for federal contracts disclose violations and alleged violations of any federal and labor laws, according to Government Executive.

That order had already been blocked by a federal court since August 2016, but Republicans fought to have the order officially removed from the books.

‶This rule ... has the very real potential of subjecting perfectly innocent contractors to blackmail and extortion tactics during union contract negotiations,″ said Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who is also the chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. ‶As if the blackmail potential of the rule isn't enough, the Obama administration admitted that the final rule would cost at least $398 million to comply with every single year.″

Sources: Newsweek, Government Executive, Pew Research Center / Photo credit: Tim Pierce/Wikimedia Commons

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