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Elizabeth Warren Says Donald Trump ‘Flirting With Treason’ in Effort to Delegitimize Election

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) on Thursday blasted President Donald Trump’s escalating attacks on American democracy, warning that Trump is “flirting with treason” after he refused to commit to relinquishing power in the event he loses the election to former Vice President Joe Biden.

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“When Donald Trump says that he is not necessarily going to accept the will of the voters, he’s flirting with treason,” Warren said on MSNBC’s All in With Chris Hayes. “He’s saying, peaceful transition of power doesn’t matter to him. All that matters to him, once again, is Donald Trump and whatever Donald Trump wants.”

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Warren said that when Republicans – specifically in the Senate – choose “to enable him in that, to support him in that, and to start to talk about the November 3 election as if this isn’t about voters getting their choice, but it’s about Supreme Court justices getting their choice,” those actors “are a party” to Trump’s treachery.

Warren, a former Harvard Law Professor and presidential candidate whom Trump has racistly nicknamed “Pocahantas,” stressed that on Election Day, voters need to resoundingly dump Trump and all of his Republican enablers.

“Come November 3, we need to hold them all accountable. And when I say hold them all accountable, I mean Donald Trump,” Warren said. “I mean, those Republican senators. I mean, those Republicans up and down the ballot. And we need to not just beat him by a little bit– the idea that they can go litigate when it’s close– I mean, beat ’em big. That’s what we gotta do.”

Warren also tore into Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), whose allegience to Trump borders on religious, for his willingness to vote in favor of confirming Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee, “sight unseen,” as host Chris Hayes put it.

“That gives new meaning to the words ‘advise and consent,’ which the Constitution of the United States requires,” Warren interjected.

“Lindsey Graham has simply said, Donald Trump has my proxy on this. Senate doesn’t need to look at it. If the president’s good, Lindsey Graham is good,” she quipped. “Man, there’s a man with a spine, a spine kept in a box somewhere else because he certainly doesn’t have to exercise for himself.”

Hayes then pressed Warren to explain why – given the behavior of Senate Republicans – Democrats are still cooperating in the judicial nomination process, noting that on Thursday, for example, the Senate voted 93-2 to confirm Roderick Young, a Trump appointment, to the United States District Court in Eastern Virginia. Warren voted yes.

It should be noted that Young was nominated on the advice of Virginia’s two Democratic Senators – Mark Warner and Tim Kaine.

Bipartisanship not withstanding, however, Hayes demanded to know what the Democratic Senate minority can do to keep Trump and the GOP in check.

“We need to use every tool, and there are a lot of tools that Democrats have to try and fight” a third Trump addition to the Supreme Court before the election. “We gotta be strategic about how we use them, but it can’t be business as usual in the Senate,” Warren continued. “We need to think seriously about everything we can do to slow this down and to show how illegitimate this whole process is.”

Democrats taking their sweet time on votes is one tactic Warren invoked.

On Thursday, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution affirming its committment to the peaceful transfer of power between outgoing and incoming presidential administrations.

That measure “could have been voted on yesterday, but we didn’t, we’re gonna run it for the full length of time that it takes, and yeah, it’ll be voted on, but it’s gonna be next Wednesday, we’re gonna pull this out,” Warren said. “That’s why I’m still here in Washington.”

Democrats will “use every tool we’ve got,” Warren said. But she stressed that the real power lies with the electorate.

“Grassroots energy is crucial in this kind of fight as well. The more energy injected into this, the more nervous the Republicans are gonna get,” the Senator said.

Warren recalled the GOP’s efforts to repeal Obamacare in 2017, which was thwarted, she said, by crushing public opposition.

“They blinked, and it’s in large part because people stood up and said ‘no,'” Warren said. “To me, that’s what this is, this is another fight to repeal health care for millions of Americans. That’s gonna be in front of the Supreme Court in November. So we need to fight just as hard as we did back then, because now, the stakes are even higher.”



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