In her first major national political move amid widespread assumption that she’s preparing a run for president, Elizabeth Warren announced Wednesday that she’s donated $5,000 to every state Democratic Party in the country.
The Massachusetts senator announced the checks from her campaign account at a Democratic National Committee dinner in Washington.
“I want a Democratic Party strong enough to compete for every vote, in every race, at every level, in every state, in every election — and I’m willing to do my part to help make that happen,” Warren said.
Warren also wrote a $15,000 check to the Democratic National Committee, which in November she had accused of being “rigged” for Hillary Clinton in 2016. The DNC has been struggling with fundraising, banking half as much as the Republican National Committee in 2017, and scrambling to invest in state parties to meet the promises made by DNC chair Tom Perez.
Despite the rampant speculation that she’ll run in 2020, Warren has been circumspect about getting involved nationally in politics, though she’s thrown her support and fundraising help behind several Senate colleagues running this year. She’s also running for reelection herself, trying to win a second term in November.
Warren also began laying out a national political argument, calling for the party to pick fights on consumer rights, guns, immigration and investigating and punishing “this president, his Cabinet, and his family.”
“Folks are hurting, and they’re scared, and they’re angry, and they’re desperate for someone to put up a fight on their behalf. And it sure isn’t going to be Donald Trump and the Republicans,” Warren said, adding later, “I don’t want us to settle for being the party that takes the right side when it comes to the fights facing ordinary Americans. I want us to be the party that picks fights on their behalf.”
She received a partial standing ovation in the room.