As the results, and consequences, of the 2016 presidential election come into focus, Democrats must now come to terms with their diminished representation across all three branches of government. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a vocal surrogate for Hillary Clinton, and vocal critic of President-elect Donald Trump, has begun calls for reconciliation and bipartisanship.
“It’s no secret that I didn’t want to see Donald Trump win yesterday,” Warren wrote in a statement, notes The Hill. “But the integrity of our democracy is more important than any individual election, and those of us who supported Hillary Clinton will respect this result."
Warren has publicly fought with Trump throughout the campaign, calling him, at times, a “thin-skinned bully,” a “dark and ugly soul” and condemning his comments on women, reports MassLive.
“President-elect Trump promised to rebuild our economy for working people, and I offer to put aside our differences and work with him on that task,” Warren continued in her statement. “It is my sincere hope that he will full [the] role [of president] with respect and concern for every single person in this country, no matter who they are, where they come from, what they believe or whom they love.”
Warren’s name has already begun surfacing as the possible Democratic contender for the 2020 presidential election, reports Boston.com.
According to an October 2016 poll conducted by Morning Consult, Warren edged out Sens. Cory Booker and Tim Kaine, as well as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the most popular candidate for a 2020 run.
“Mark my words: [Elizabeth Warren] will destroy [Donald Trump] in 2020,” Cenk Uygur, founder of The Young Turks web series, tweeted Nov. 9. “It will be a historic landlside. #electionday”
“Dear Democrats, start preparing Elizabeth Warren for 2020, you can still shatter the glass ceiling,” Nigerian gay rights activist Bisi Alimi tweeted. “Thanks Hilary for the cracks.”