Elizabeth Warren Slams Trump for Exploiting 'Rigged' System at Democratic Convention

PHOTO: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, July 25, 2016.PlayJ. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
WATCH Elizabeth Warren Slams Trump for Exploiting 'Rigged' System

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, facing down a number of supporters who were upset that she decided to support Hillary Clinton, railed against a "rigged" system and said that Donald Trump, the Republican nominee, has been exploiting that system his entire life.

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Warren, a 67-year-old first-term senator, who emerged as a hero among progressives for her passionate focus on economic issues like inequality and Wall Street reform, was charged tonight with the difficult task of uniting a party that is currently facing divisions, due to an email leak that appeared to show attempts by Democratic party leaders to impede the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders, and a wave of protests inside and outside of the convention hall in Philadelphia that reflected anger towards the Democratic nominee.

"Bernie reminds us what Democrats fight for every day," she started in what would be one of several attempts to unite a fractured party. "Thank you, Bernie."

Warren painted Trump as "a man who cares only for himself" and described him as a "a man who must never be president of the United States of America."

"His whole life has been taking advantage of a rigged system," she said, assailing what she said were failures as a businessman and called his immigration plan "a stupid wall."

The crowd appeared to turn on Warren at several points in the speech, however, particularly when she endorsed Clinton.

She called the former Secretary of State one of "the smartest toughest most tenacious people on this planet, and "a woman who fights for all of us."

"I'm with Hillary," she announced.

Some people in the crowd booed Warren during her endorsement.

Protesters chanted "we trusted you" and "Goldman Sachs" during her appeal for Democrats to vote for Clinton.

         
              
                     
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Grassroots organizers sought to draft Elizabeth Warren as a presidential candidate before self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist Sanders entered the race to mount a formidable left-leaning challenge to Clinton.

Likewise, progressives stumped for Warren to be selected as Clinton's running mate, before Sen. Tim Kaine was chosen on Friday of last week.

Warren, whose endorsement was heavily sought after during the primary between Sanders and Clinton, due to her popularity among Democrats, has had a complicated relationship with Clinton.

In 2004, she gave an interview with Bill Moyers in which she described the degree to which she perceived money to influence Clinton when she was a senator representing New York. Sanders supporters seized on the video, and shared it as a kind of anti-endorsement of Clinton's campaign to be the party's nominee.

“As Senator Clinton the pressures are very different. The industry that gave the most money to Washington over the past few years was not the oil industry, not pharmaceuticals, it was consumer credit products," she said. "[Clinton] had taken money from the groups, and more to the point, she worries about them as a constituency.”

In June, Warren formally endorsed Clinton and made a joint speech with her in Ohio. Her primary focus in that speech was criticizing Trump.

Warren and Trump have been pitted against each other for a while.

Trump has repeatedly mocked her with the nickname "Pocahontas," a reference to her claim of Native American status during her time in academia, and has called her "goofy Elizabeth Warren."

Warren, for her part, has received plaudits for her willingness to defend herself and Clinton against Trump's rhetorical attacks. She has called him "weak" and a "loser."

“Your policies are dangerous. Your words are reckless. Your record is embarrassing. And your free ride is over,” she tweeted in May.