Wednesday, on “MSNBC Live,” anchor Stephanie Ruhle asked Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), “You guys were in power for the last eight years. Why is it that it didn’t work for those good Americans you were working for?”
“Our problem is not that Washington doesn’t work well enough for the billionaires and the bankers, it’s working just great for them,” Warren said. “Our problem is it’s not working for working families.”
Ruhle then questioned Warren as to why income inequality has failed to get better in the last eight years, saying, “President Trump is surrounded by those CEOs who’ve been complaining the last eight years. Why is it good times for them?”
“You know, that’s a big part of what’s going on here, is that, it’s policy set right here in Washington that, over and over and over, help those who can hire armies of lobbyists and those who can hire armies of lawyers. The policies here are for the billionaires. They’re for the bankers. They’re for the giant corporations. They get the tax breaks. They get the regulatory boosts. They get the great deals in Washington. And, regular families, just people who are trying to put it together day by day by day, they’re the ones who get left behind,” Warren responded.
“But Senator, you guys were in power for the last eight years. Why is it that it didn’t work for those good Americans you were working for?” Ruhle pressed.
Warren responded, “You know, let’s be clear about what it means to be in power. The Republicans had a blocking position. When they didn’t have a blocking position, we got the Affordable Care Act through, and when they didn’t have a blocking position, we got through the Wall Street reforms. But once they had a blocking position in the Senate and then in the House, we couldn’t get the minimum wage increase. We couldn’t get increases into Social Security. We couldn’t get a more progressive tax bill. So, look, I don’t want to try to shovel off all the blame. I think there’s plenty that we can do, we should have done, we must do in the future on our side of the aisle. But let’s be very clear. The Republicans have made their part of the agenda 100% obvious. They are here to make sure that Washington works for those at the very, very top, and they have done a great job of that.”
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