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Elizabeth Warren Sends Letter to Trump: 'You Already Appear to Be Failing' on Campaign Promises

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren has put President-elect Donald Trump on notice about his transition team.

Warren, who made a gesture of good faith immediately following the confirmation of Trump’s victory in last week’s election, had clearly changed her mind by Tuesday, when she sent a forceful memo to Trump’s camp. The Massachusetts senator also alerted the press that she’d sent the letter, as The Boston Globe received a tip-off about its contents in a statement from her office:

“You made numerous promises to the American people in your election campaign, none bigger than the promise to ‘drain the swamp’ of Washington D.C. special interests rigged against the middle class,” Warren said she wrote to Trump. “The decisions you make with your transition team will shape the next four years of this nation. They will also reflect the strength of your character and your ability to truly lead — not just follow the marching orders of the special interests and Wall Street bankers you purportedly oppose.”

Warren said she has asked Trump to remove the lobbyists and Wall Street insiders from his team and turn instead to “advisors who will fight for the interests of the American people.”

“Should you refuse, I will oppose you, every step of the way, for the next four years,” Warren said she wrote to Trump. “I will champion the millions of Americans you will fail to protect. I will track your every move, and I will remind Americans, every day, of the actions you take that fail them. And I will not be the only one watching. The millions of Americans who voted for you — and the millions who didn’t — will all be watching you.”

Warren posted the full text of her letter online after sending it.

The Globe also noted that at a Wall Street Journal event Tuesday, Warren lashed out against Trump’s move to install Stephen Bannon, former Breitbart News executive chairman, high in the ranks of his White House advisory team. “This is a man who has white supremacist ties,” she said. “This is a man who says, by his very presence, that this is a White House that will embrace bigotry.”

Warren’s words drew fire from Kristen Hughes, head of the Massachusetts Republican Party, who called Warren’s letter a “silly move” and “the height of hypocrisy,” because Warren had accepted campaign funding from Wall Street. Hughes also called it an attempt to undermine “efforts to unify the country,” the paper reported.

But Warren stuck to her script in a series of tweets she fired off that afternoon:

–Posted by Kasia Anderson

Kasia Anderson
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Kasia Anderson is a deputy editor at Truthdig. After graduating from Swarthmore College in 1997 with a degree in English literature and sociology, she worked as a Web journalist in San Francisco until 2000,…
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