The Working Families Party has endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren in the 2020 Democratic primary. “Senator Warren knows how to kick Wall Street kleptocrats where it hurts, and she’s got some truly visionary plans to make this country work for the many,” said Maurice Mitchell, the Working Families Party’s national director, in a statement. The endorsement provoked a backlash among some supporters of Bernie Sanders, whom the group endorsed in 2016.
On Monday, Warren released her plan to end corruption in politics. The sweeping plan includes a lifetime ban on lobbying for senior government officials and imposing strict conflict-of-interest laws on the president. Warren gave a speech to a crowd of supporters in New York City Monday night.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren: “Our democracy is paralyzed. And why? Because giant corporations have bought off our government. Americans are killed by floods and fires in a rapidly warming planet. Why? Because huge fossil fuel corporations have bought off our government.”
Warren delivered the speech near the site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City, which killed 146 garment workers, mostly women, and spurred an organized campaign to improve working conditions.