Warren: Democrats need to ‘grow a backbone’

Warren: Democrats need to ‘grow a backbone’
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Democrats need to take some responsibility for Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report MORE’s electoral win, Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low MORE (D-Mass.) said Saturday, urging party faithfuls to cast aside more moderate calls for strategic campaign reforms and “grow a backbone.”

Speaking at the Progressive Congress Strategy Summit in Baltimore, the progressive firebrand painted Trump’s election as a failure by Democrats to address floundering economic opportunity and a growing wealth gap in the U.S.

“There are some in the Democratic Party who urge caution,” she said, according to prepared remarks. “They say this is just a tactical problem. We need better data. We need better social media. We need better outreach. We need better talking points. “

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“Better talking points? Are you kidding me?” she continued. “People are so desperate for economic change in this country that Donald Trump was just inaugurated as President, and people think we just have a messaging problem?”

Warren also blasted Republican leaders for bowing to Trump’s nationalist brand of politics, painting it as a move to pursue the party’s agenda at all costs.

“Donald Trump has stirred ugly racism, sexism, and hatred in this country, and the Republican politicians smiled and climbed right into bed with him,” she said. “That stink will be on them for decades to come. The national party that embraced bigotry.”

But she also aimed her criticism at members of her own party, arguing that some had turned to making excuses to absolve Democrats of responsibility for former presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCarville repeats prediction that Trump will drop out of race What's behind Trump's slump? Americans are exhausted, for one thing Trump campaign reserves air time in New Mexico MORE’s unexpected loss.

Trump rose to the presidency after a bitter and often chaotic campaign season, marked by a succession of controversies.

Warren has been among Trump’s most vocal critics, and has gained a reputation as one of the prominent members of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.