"Elizabeth Warren has already been exposed as a fraud by the Native Americans she impersonated and disrespected to advance her professional career, and the people of MA she deceived to get elected", said Trump for President 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale in response to Warren's 2020 announcement Saturday. "We can't afford to just tinker around the edges - a tax credit here, a regulation there. Our fight is for big, structural change", she said to cheers from the crowd. "Warren has left herself open on a couple fronts to pile on". "I was told ever since I was a young child that we are part Native American". Several of those who braved the biting wind to hear Warren speak at the old City Hall were impatient with the attention on Warren's Native American ancestry claims. Warren recalls how her mother, crying, put on her best dress, insisted they would not lose their home, and found a minimum-wage job that ultimately kept them afloat.
As supporters cheered and clapped, she also said on Saturday, "I'm opting out ..."
Warren would enter the race as one of the party's most recognizable figures. She announced last month her plan to impose a "wealth tax" on Americans with more than $50 million in assets.
"When I talk about this, some rich guys scream 'class warfare!' " Warren said. "I am in this fight all the way". Her ancestry drew fresh scrutiny earlier this week with the discovery that she described her race as American Indian on a form to join the Texas legal bar in the 1980s. "That is corruption, plain and simple, and we need to call it out". "And we can't be blind to the fact that the rules in our country have been rigged against other people for a long time", listing women, gays and lesbians, Latinos, Native Americans, immigrants and people with disabilities. "And they enlisted politicians to cut them a bigger slice".
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"If you don't have money and you don't have connections, Washington doesn't want to hear from you", Warren said.
She also said, "Get ready".
Since launching her exploratory committee, Warren has traveled to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Puerto Rico to meet with voters and test out her 2020 message.
Warren's announcement makes her the eighth Democrat officially running for president, joining the likes of Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, Senator Kamala Harris of California, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, former Congressman John Delaney of Maryland, Spiritual author Marianne Williamson of Texas and businessman Andrew Yang of NY.
In 2003, Senator John Kerry chose for his announcement not the reliably blue MA, but the red state of SC, and stressed his military service during a time of war by using a US Navy ship for a backdrop. Bernie Sanders and Amy Klobuchar, expected to jump in soon. She is scheduled to be in Iowa on Sunday.