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What, no roses from Warren? A socialist critiques her speech

US Senator Elizabeth Warren was surely not surprised that her Saturday presidential campaign announcement drew criticism from the Republican Party. But from a socialist?
US Senator Elizabeth Warren was surely not surprised that her Saturday presidential campaign announcement drew criticism from the Republican Party. But from a socialist?(Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)

US Senator Elizabeth Warren was surely not surprised that her Saturday presidential campaign announcement drew criticism from the Republican Party. And President Trump. And even a PAC called Stop Pocahontas.

But from a socialist?

Jerome Segal, head of a newly formed socialist political party called the Bread and Roses Party of Maryland, listened to Warren’s speech in Lawrence and found it lacking.

“Senator Warren went to Lawrence, and she told the story of the historic 1912 strike to set the historic context for her campaign. Unfortunately, when it came to the strike, she missed the heart of the story,” he said in a written statement.

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The 1912 striking mill women in Lawrence marched under a banner that said “Bread and Roses, Too.” Segal, who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate in a Democratic primary last year, contends Warren’s speech was all bread, no roses.

“One hundred years ago, when the women strikers of Lawrence said ‘and roses too,’ they were saying that we may be immigrants, we may be factory workers, and we may be struggling to survive on crusts of bread, but we are more than purely material beings, with material needs. We are complex human beings, with complex needs: the need for roses — the need for beauty, for meaning and creativity and the need for time away from the job to do those things in life that matter most.”

Everyone, it seems, is a critic.


Felice Belman can be reached at felice.belman@globe.com.