CAMBRIDGE — With fewer than 60 days to the November elections, US Senator Elizabeth Warren rallied hundreds of supporters Sunday afternoon by excoriating President Trump and Republican lawmakers, warning him that GOP influence in Washington is coming to an end.
“For almost two years now, the only thing the American people have gotten from Donald Trump and Republicans is chaos, corruption, and hatefulness,” Warren told the crowd. “But listen up, Mr. President: Tick, tock.”
Warren, who took the stage at a Democratic “Unity Rally” inside the gymnasium of the Cambridge Community Center, spoke before the crowd dispersed to launch a get-out-the-vote drive.
As she spoke, dozens held blue signs bearing the word “Persist” and a scattering of brightly colored rainbow flags rose above the crowd.
“Mr. President: You and your pals have been scamming the American people since day one,” Warren said. “And in 58 days, we’re coming to break up the scam.”
Warren gave her remarks after speeches by several other Democratic officials and candidates, including Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who is running unopposed for the District 7 congressional seat, as well as Jay Gonzalez, who is challenging Republican Governor Charlie Baker in November.
Other speakers during Sunday’s rally included state Representative Marjorie Decker of Cambridge and US Representative Katherine Clark.
During the rally, Democrats stoked supporters’ energy with barbs aimed at Trump, who is unpopular with Massachusetts voters.
Democratic speakers also emphasized the party’s priorities, including broadening health care coverage, criminal justice reform, environmental protection, support for immigrants, and ending tax breaks that favor big businesses and the wealthy.
Bay State Democrats gathered a day after a group of Massachusetts Republicans met in Middleborough for a unity event that was closed to the press. It included appearances by Baker and state Representative Geoff Diehl, who is challenging Warren in the US Senate race. Diehl was a cochairman of Trump’s 2016 Massachusetts campaign, and has pledged to partner with the president if elected.
Democrats, especially Gonzalez, worked Sunday to link the crowd’s energy and opposition to Trump and national GOP lawmakers to local races, including his campaign against Baker. Gonzalez also criticized Baker’s endorsement of Diehl because of his support for Trump.
Gonzalez, who previously worked as a health insurance executive and cabinet secretary to former governor Deval Patrick, said Massachusetts voters have “lowered our expectations” about the conduct of Republicans in elected office.
“I get it — it’s a relief to have a governor who seems nice and isn’t a crazy, right-wing extremist,” Gonzalez said. “With Donald Trump setting the bar so low, nice and not crazy seem pretty good. But it is not good enough.”
Gonzalez defeated Somerville entrepreneur Bob Massie during the Sept. 5 primary, but Gonzalez still faces a tough fight ahead against Baker, who has been called the nation’s most popular governor.
Pressley, coming off her strong primary victory against incumbent US Representative Mike Capuano in the Democratic primary, criticized Trump and his White House, the source of policies increasingly “draconian, cruel, racist, and shortsighted,” she said.
“Now is not the time to play small. Now is the time to be bold, to take risks, and the truth is, together, we are powerful,” Pressley said. “We are in this new world economy having to figure out how to resist, and how to progress at the same time. And the way that we do that is to persist in the strength of our convictions.”
Last week, Trump came under fire from a member of his own administration, who penned an anonymous New York Times column that said administration officials were protecting the nation against the president.
Warren told reporters following Sunday’s rally that administration officials must act if they believe Trump is unable to carry out his role.
“If that is the case, [if] people in the administration believe the president can’t do his job, then there is a constitutional path for what to do — that is where the 25th amendment comes in,” Warren said. “If they believe that, then they have a responsibility to the American people.”
Pressley, who has called for Trump’s impeachment, said the column confirms Trump is “unfit to lead” and “morally unfit.”
Marisa Lopez, a supporter of the three Democratic candidates, said she’s looking forward to the midterm election. An immigrant from Colombia, the 38-year-old works with low-income, first-generation college students, helping them overcome obstacles in pursuit of their educational goals.
Lopez said Warren, Pressley, and Gonzalez each overcame adversity to succeed, and she looks at them as models for the students she works with.
“I see the potential of all the young people I work with in these three individuals,” Lopez said. “I want every kid in our state and in our country to be able to see individuals like this and know that it’s possible.”
Paul McDaniels, 32, of Burlington, said he’s optimistic about the Democrats’ chances in November.
“I think the writing’s on the wall, I think you’re seeing hope around the country . . . that has been showing a trend towards a comeback for Democrats,” he said.
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