Though she was invited to the University of Massachusetts-Amherst to deliver the spring commencement address, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) just couldn’t help herself when staying on message.
Speaking to graduates on Friday, Warren began by congratulating the students for their acheivement. But the speech quickly derailed into Warren just bashing President Donald Trump for his decisions and governing policies.
“I’m trying to keep this apolitical but I can’t help myself … the principle that no one, no one in this country is above the law and we need a Justice Department, not an obstruction of justice department,” Warren said, according to The Hill.
The line, of course, was in reference to Trump’s decision earlier this week to fire James Comey as head of the FBI. Democrats have been up in arms over the move, arguing that Trump is trying to cover-up an alleged connection to Russia — claims that have thus far been unfounded.
However, that wasn’t the only political moment of the speech. Warren also castigated Trump’s White House counselor, Kellyanne Conway, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). In addition, Warren railed against the student loan system, Wall Street and big business CEOs, who Warren said “spend buckets of money” to have their voices and interests heard in Washington.
On that point, Warren’s speech, which sounded more like a political stump speech, nearly turned into a community organizing effort as she encouraged the graduates to get involved in politics.
“It’s no longer possible to assume that democracy will work if most Americans simply wait until election time to learn a little about the candidates and otherwise ignore what’s going on,” Warren remarked.
In encouraging political involvement, Warren said the younger generation’s “future is on the line” because politicians and power brokers only work for wealthy Americans.