Elizabeth Warren is not holding back on how she feels about a potential Donald Trump presidency. After Trump took Indiana in Tuesday’s primary, he was announced by Republican National Committee as the GOP’s “presumptive nominee” and Senator Warren wasted no time in blasting what she referred to as Trump’s “toxic stew of hatred and insecurity,” saying that what happens next in this election will be a test of character for Democrats, Independents, and Republicans alike.
“Trump has built his campaign on racism, sexism and xenophobia,” she wrote on Facebook. “There’s more enthusiasm for him among leaders of the KKK than leaders of the political party he now controls.”
In fact, former KKK leader David Duke is not the only questionable, high-profile endorsement Donald Trump has received from a white supremacist. A man identified only as the “imperial wizard for the Rebel Brigade of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” declared his unwavering support for Donald Trump in an interview this week with NBC 12, saying that he believes Trump would be the best choice for president and that there is a simple reason why so many Klan members support Donald Trump.
“The reason a lot of a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes, we believe in.”
Warren also took Trump to task for his habit of praising Vladimir Putin, of whom he said “in terms of leadership, [Putin is] getting an ‘A,'” as well as Trump’s attack on decorated veteran and war hero Senator John McCain. Back in July of 2015, Trump dismissed McCain’s service during an appearance at the Family Leadership Summit.
Trump said that McCain was only a war hero because he was captured, adding, “I like people who weren’t captured.”
Warren also launched a blistering summation of Trump’s military philosophy and foreign policy beliefs. Despite the former CIA leader saying bluntly that the military would not listen to a hypothetical President Trump in the event he demanded, as he has said he would do, the murders of family members of terrorist insurgents, or the implementation of torture, Trump has continued to push ideas that are in violation of international laws of armed conflict.
“[Trump] puts our service members at risk by cheerleading illegal torture. In a world with ISIS militants and leaders like North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un conducting nuclear tests, he surrounds himself with a foreign policy team that has been called a ‘collection of charlatans,’ and puts out contradictory and nonsensical national security ideas one expert recently called ‘incoherent’ and ‘truly bizarre.'”
As Warren points out, Donald Trump’s foreign policy and foreign policy team have been questioned and mocked by both Democrats and Republicans alike. After months of promising the electorate that he would hire “the best” in order to make up for his deficit in foreign policy, Trump unveiled a list of advisers made up of virtual unknowns. The most recognizable name on his list of advisers is Walid Phares, who has been described as a “radical Islamophobic” by the New York Times. Phares spends his time fear-mongering about the spread of Sharia law. And Trump’s speech on foreign policy, which was meant to showcase Trump’s ability to handle the world’s affairs, left most viewers with more concern rather than less.
It was a fellow Republican — Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama — who called Trump out for his “nonsensical” statements on foreign policy.
“I don’t know what Trump’s stance is on national security or foreign policy. I don’t think anybody else knows either because Trump utters so many nonsensical, false or internally conflicting statements that it is impossible to know what Trump would really do if president.”
In conclusion, Warren hopes that the better nature of Americans, no matter what party, will prevail in the election.
“What happens next will test the character for all of us — Republican, Democrat and Independent. It will determine whether we move forward as one nation or splinter at the hands of one man’s narcissism and divisiveness. I know which side I’m on, and I’m going to fight my heart out to make sure Donald Trump’s toxic stew of hatred and insecurity never reaches the White House.”
And although Warren’s reaction to Trump comes as little surprise, she was not the only politician who expressed disgust over the nomination of Donald Trump. After Priebus referred to Trump as the presumptive nominee, many top conservatives within the press, elected officials, and some of the GOP’s top operatives reaffirmed that they will never support the former reality star. One even burned his voter’s registration card.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 4, 2016
Under no circumstances.https://t.co/6yS3fxGsMT
— Stephen Hayes (@stephenfhayes) May 3, 2016
I have officially de-registered as a Republican. pic.twitter.com/DjRI21Oyvx
— Philip Klein (@philipaklein) May 4, 2016
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