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we did, what action we took, and so netroots nation, let's answer that question by saying, we registered people to vote. we took people to the polls. we called and we texted and we told everyone we knew, everyone we know what is at stake. it is about the future of our country, our identity as a nation, we are better than this. and we will fight! and we will fight! . [applause] >> thank you. [cheers and applause] ♪ [inaudible conversations]
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>> woo! woo! good afternoon! good afternoon! it's a pleasure to be here in new orleans with netroots and it's a pleasure to see all of you. i am cynthia nixon and i am running for governor for new york state. [cheers and applause] >> actually, let me be more specific, i am running in the democratic primary for governor of of new york state. and i will tell you a secret, the democrat establishment doesn't like primaries.
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they think challenging incumbents hurts the party. i disagree. [applaus [applause] >> i think it helps the party. i think that centrist corporate democrats hurt the party. [applaus [applause] >> and i think they need to be held accountable. and i think the primary is the most effective way to do that. we are witnessing an incredible moment for the progressive movement right now. people are rejecting the status quo, and establishment democrats, and a party leadership that is so often whiter and wealthier and more male than the party base. and that is why thousands of progressives all over america are running for office this
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year, many of us are women, many of us for the first time. [applaus [applause] >> because we have realized if we want things to change, finally, we're going to have to step up and do it ourselves. and this movement that we are building around the country isn't just about the next election, it's about offering a vision of the way things could work, if only we had the leadership and the political courage to make that vision a reality. because it can't just be business as usual anymore. we have to turn the system upsidedown. we have to uproot the broken establishment and we have to usher in a new generation of leadership. we have to transform the democratic party into a vehicle not just for corporations, not
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just for wall street, but a vehicle for all working people in this country. [applause] >> and i'm tired, i'm tired of the democratic establishment that meddles in primaries, that puts their thumb on the scale, that picks candidates based on nothing more than their ability to fund raise from big donors. i am tired of a democratic establishment that warns candidates not to run on single payer health care, that tells us, we have to stop talking about abolishing ice because it doesn't poll well. [applaus [applause] >> this is the same democratic establishment that once upon a time told us not to talk about civil rights, or same-sex marriage or abortion or a $15 minimum wage.
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[applaus [applause] >> this is the same democratic establishment that said we can't win with candidates like alexandria owe casio ortez because she's too far to the left. i have to say to them, please. plea please. maybe you have forgotten, but i haven't forgotten and the people in this room haven't forgotten what happened in 2016. a lack of moderation was not the problem. we tried it their way and we lost to a racist extremist. if democrats are going to win this year, it is not enough to just be better than donald trump. [applaus [applause] >> we can't just give people
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something to vote against, we have to give them something that they want to show up and vote for. [applause] >> and that's exactly what i'm doing. i'm running for governor on a platform of passing single payer health care. [applause] >> of ending this prison pipeline. of providing free college tuition to new yorkers who can't afford it. [applause] >> i am running to end voter suppression in new york state. [applause] >> and to pass universal rent control and to protect -- and to protect immigrants from deportati deportation. and to support the movement to abolish ice once and for all.
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[applause] >> i'm running to end our addiction to fossil fuels and to usher in a green, new deal. [applause] >> to protect reproductive rights and expand them. [applause] >> to end mass incarceration, starting with legalizing marijuana and abolishing cash bail. [applause] >> i am proud to be one of a small, but growing number of candidates who identify as a democratic socialist. [applaus [applause] >> i hadn't called myself a democratic socialist before, but i realize that my values and what i'm fighting for are directly aligned with that movement. so, if being a democratic
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socialist means believing that health care and housing and education should be a human right, then i am a democratic socialist. [applaus [applause] >> if it means standing up against inequality in all its forms and equallizing wealth and power in our society, then i am a democratic socialist. [applause] >> the establishment is terrified of that word, socialism. but if we learned one thing from the obama years, it's that republicans are going to call us socialists no matter what we do. so we might as well give them the real thing. [applause] >> when i got in this race, pundits said that governor cuomo was too powerful, he had too much money and nothing is going to change. but four months into this race
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looks what we have already won. for seven and a half years, cuomo said he had no power to disband the idc, the rogue democrats who vote with the new york state republicans to block proce process-- progressive legislation and two weeks into our campaign he disbanded them. why? because our movement stood up and fought back and won. [applause] >> on criminal justice reform, governor cuomo opposed marijuana legalization, he labeled it a gateway drug and now after our campaign called it out as a racial justice issue and championed full legalization, lo and behold, his department of health did, too. why? because our movement stood up and fought back and won. [applause] >> on education, for years cuomo declared war on new york's public school teachers,
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and supported tying teacher evaluations to scores on student exams. one month into our campaign, cuomo reversed himself and decided to support ending teacher evaluations based on test scores because our movement stood up and fought back and won. [applause] >> on climate, cuomo oversaw the development of a frack gas pipeline that would devastate a community's water and health, but the same day we released our climate justice platform, he halted the construction of that pipeline. [applause] >> he has reversed his position on the plastic bag tax and suddenly backed off plans to store gas in could have vernes by seneca lake because our movement stood up and fought back and won. that is the power of primaries. [applaus [applause] >> and that is what happens
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when we held our party and its electeds accountable. these are real victories and none would have been possible without the support of grass roots groups like the working party. which i have stood with and fought with for better schools for the last 17 years. [applause] >> even so, these real victories only go so far, which need change, which is why i'm running. because at the end of the day we have a governor that doesn't believe in progressive values and flat-out doesn't support fellow democrats. if you haven't been following new york state politics closely, that might sound like an exaggeration, it's not. apart from encouraging, a break away party to convince democrats to vote with the republicans, giving republicans control despite being a minority in that body, apart from allowing the republican
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state senators to gerrymander their own districts, andrew cuomo is running on the independence party ballot line. that is a line he is sharing with mostly republican candidates, including our top four congressional targets in the state. by headlining the ballot line, he will singlehandedly be delivering tens of thousands of votes to vulnerable republican incumbents because andrew cuomo wants every possible vote for himself and he doesn't care if it helps republicans keep control of the congress. that is why we, in this progressive movement, have to get involved in primaries. primaries are where we get to stand up to these establishment corporate democrats and decide what kind of democratic party we actually want. [applause]
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>> this is not a time to settle for the way things are. this is a time to fight. [applaus [applause] >> this year, progressives want power, not concessions. and if we want real change, we don't just need to elect more democrats, we need to elect better democrats. [applaus [applause] >> so between now and september 13th, the date of the new york democratic primary, i am calling on you, i am calling on all of you to join this movement and do everything you can to bring real progressive change back to new york state. thank you so, so much.
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[cheers and applause] thank you. netroots nation, please welcome from the state state of new mexico, jesse holland. >> hello, netroots nation. i'm deb holland, from new mexico first congressional district. if elected, if elected i'll be the first native american woman in congress. [applaus [applause] >> thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you.
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thank you. i'm a citizen -- i'm a citizen of the pueblo of laguna and a 35th veneration new mexican. i'm a single mom to my beautiful daughter. a water protector and i'm proud to be here. i recognize -- i recognize that we're on indigenous lands and i approach you with respect for the tribes and homeland we stand on now, including these shoe tribes. yes. as a single mom, as a single mom, struggle made me fierce. alongside my daughter, we sometimes survived on food stamps, making tough decisions between rent and utilities and living on credit cards with sky high interest. if i could get back all the late fees and predatory interest rates i paid over the years, i could probably buy a house, but really though, i'd
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probably just pay off our student loans. as a child -- as a child, my dad's 30-year military career took us to many places across the country, but every summer, my siblings and i made it back to the southwest to spend time with our grandparents. there you could find me climbing the red mesa above my grandmother's village or helping my grandfather in their corn fields. they didn't get running water or electricity until mid 70's. so at night all we had were stories. my grandmother was taken from her family to a catholic boarding school when she was only eight years old where she wasn't allowed to speak her language, see her family or practice her culture. the dark history of indian boarding schools still haunts our collective memory and now family separation has reared its ugly head again. the story of forced family separation is as old as
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america. it has roots in slavery and as come up again and again with new absurd rationale. it's always been wrong and it always will be. yes. [applause] in congress, i'll fight every day to overturn the muslim ban and deportation, defund ice and stop them from terrorizing families. [applaus [applause] >> change has been slow for indigenous women and we're in the fight of our lives. across the country, there's an epidemic of violence against native american women and we have a crisis of missing and murdered victims who have never been counted. savannah, jermaine, ashley lauren, we must increase funding for tribal justice systems and tracking data because we deserve to be
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counted and we deserve to live. [applause] >> tribal communities are plagued by the highest crime victimization rates in our countries. over 80% of native women will experience violence in their lifetime, 90% committed by non-indians. our native children are 50% more likely to experience child and sexual abuse than white children and teen suicide rates are off the charts. for decades, these issues have been ignored. i want us all to shine a light on this practice. i want us all to care about these issues. [applause] >> indigenous justice is racial justice is economic justice and all of that is progressive. our success is intertwined and we must be together on this. [applaus [applause] >> climate change is one of the most important issues of
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our time. across new mexico, we're facing historic droughts. here in new orleans folks have and are facing historic storms and floods. around the world, this extreme weather is only getting worse. the canyon is a thing of the living past and sacred and must be protected. last week, the trump administration opened it up to more fracking. imagine for a moment an oil or gas company setting up a drilling rig across from the vatican. that's exactly what this administration is doing to our sacred lands, while essentially defunding the epa and increasing the vulnerability of our endangered animals. it's time to stop all new fossil fuel infrastructure in america. no more pipelines. >>. [applause] it's time for renewable energy
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revolution, a green, new deal. in new mexico, we have nearly 300 days of sun per year. we're ready to power america. let's get to work toward 100% renewable energy. [applause] >> and also, look, we should legalize cannabis on the federal level. right? [applause] >> it's about time. in new mexico, just like across our country, young people of of color have been dragged off to prison by the thousands, just for marijuana. our private prisons are full of them. native americans have the lowest population in our country and the highest number of cases in federal court, and that isn't an accident. when we legalize marijuana, we must release everyone in prison marijuana charges. [applaus [applause] >> and ensure--
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and ensure that the people who have served their time don't languish in jail while others profit off of its legalization. as we talk about progressive missions for our future, we also know that we're in the midst of dark times. children in cages, families torn apart, white supremacists marching in our street and inflicting violence on our friends, family and neighbors. we're seeing an all-time high murder rate for trans women of color. we have a presidential cabinet full of billionaires and when i see them cutting food stamps, assistance for pregnant and nursing moms and meals to the elderly, i know they have never struggled a day in their lives. [applaus [applause] >> and by the way, and by the way, the tariffs are hurting farmers in new mexico, but in
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the midst of of so much heartache today, i see hope. i see a wave of activism throughout my district, my state and the country. in indian country where i've worked the past 20 years tthere's an enthusiasm like never before. couldn't vote in new mexico until 1948 because a pueblo member, m miguel, a marine corps veteran had the courage to sue the state of new mexico and now our people are out and we're energized. [applaus [applause] >> we're seeing a new wave of excitement for a bold progressive for our future, where people come before corporate profits. where we all have health care. where all people cannot only survive, but succeed. big ideas like universal child
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care, food and housing, and human rights, a ban on assault weapons, and a new era of investment for public schools are motivating our movement. from albuquerque to new orleans, from the loving nation to the eastern cherokee nation, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make change. they say in 2018 will bring a blue wave. i say just a blue wave isn't enough. let's bring a wave that includes representation for all of us, indigenous people, trans people, working people, women, black and brown people, lbgtq people. disabled folks, veterans, and everyone who has been sidelined. [applause] >> and, yes, we must protect
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and expand social security. [applaus [applause] >> donald trump has hijacked america to line his pockets, but in 2018 progressives can and will put us on a new path. it's time to be an unbreakable coalition of people and progressive ideas that will change the face of america to a model of equity, democracy and justice. are you ready? [cheers and applause] >> thank you! thank you! thank you! thank you! >> please welcome from the great state of massachusetts senator elizabeth warren.
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>> hello netroots. woo! thank you. wasn't deb haaland terrific? deb is strong, smart, and she fights from the heart. i am happy to have the chance to support her campaign. you bet. so i want to start by saying a very big thank you to mary and to eric and to arschad and the entire netroots nation for bringing us back together again. it feels like a family reunion, great to be back at netroots and it's always great to have an excuse to come to new orleans, so we'll add that part. you know, before i get started, i've been to a lot of netroots nations and at every single one of them, my friend, our friend, joel silverman has been back
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stage to give me advice and to cheer me on. he taught so many of us how to stand taller and how to speak louder to the people we fight for. his passing is a tremendous loss for our community and my heart goes out to the many of you who loved him. so, i can hear joel's voice, he's telling me to get on it and so i will. you know, i first spoke at netroots one week after president obama had had signed dodd-frank and the consumer financial protection bureau into law and that is a victory that would not have happened without a lot of early netroots folks. so thank you for that. [applause] >> now, those of you who were around back then will remember what an uphill fight it was. for more than a year, wall
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street spent more than a million dollars a day lobbying against this agency. they called in every favor, they pulled every string, they hired every lobbyist that they could find trying to stop us. but we beat them. we beat them, we did. and since then, the cfpb has gotten $12 billion back for 29 million americans who got cheated by big banks and other powerful corporations. yeah. [applaus [applause] >> and there's a lesson in that. we didn't make that progress because a professor had a good idea. we made it because we built a broad coalition of people whose lives were directly affected by these issues, a broad coalition of students and veterans and seniors and working men and women across this country. and we made it because we had a movement that was willing to fight uphill for working
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people. we were willing to do that. and ever since that rousing celebration eight years ago, i have left every netroots feeling inspired, determined, optimistic, and proud, proud of the movement that we have built together, proud of how tough and effective we have become. proud of the change we have made. and most of all, proud of the way we have held onto our values, the values that brought us to this fight. you bet. [applaus [applause] >> now, i never forget what brought me to the fight. i grew up in oklahoma. my oakies out there. you know, i grew up on the edge of the middle class. my dad worked a lot of different jobs. he ended up a janitor.
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he and my mom had three boys who all headed off to the military and then there was me. i was the late in life baby, referred to as the surprise. i was about 30 before i figured out what that meant. [laughter] >> and my mother kept saying, it's okay, honey, it's okay. but for a long time we were a paycheck to paycheck family and then slowly, bit by bit by folks saved up enough money to put a down payment on a three bedroom, one bath house in a good school district. my folks painted rooms and worked on flower beds and it felt like we were starting to pull ahead. my daddy had a heart attack and he survived, but even after he got out of the hospital, he couldn't go back to the same job. the bills piled up and we lost the station wagon. i was a kid and at night after
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my parents thought i was safely in bed, i could hear them talking and i would hear words that sounded like they weighed a million pounds, words like, mortgage, words like foreclosure. i heard fear, and one morning i went into my folks' bedroom and my mother had laid out her best black dress and some of you in here know that dress. it's the dress that comes out only for weddings, graduations and funerals. and my mother was standing there in her slip. she was crying, and she kept saying to herself, we will not lose this house. we will not lose this house. she was 50 years old. she had never had a regular job. she was scared. she was scared and she was crying, but by golly, she wrestled on that dress, she washed her face, blew her nose, put on lipstick and put on her
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high heels and walked down the stairs and got a minimum wage job. and that job, it saved our home and it saved our family. that is the story that is etched on my heart. it is the story of who i am. but here is the thing about that story, for a long time i thought that was a story just about my mother, about her courage, about her grit, the story about what women will do to take care of the people they love. maybe, even a story about the american spirit, about pulling up your socks when the going gets tough. but eventually i came to understand that that story is also a story about government. when i was a little girl, the minimum wage was enough to cover the basics for a family of three. today a full-time minimum wage job doesn't pay the rent on a
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median two bedroom apartment in any state in america. [applause] >> that same job that saved my family 50 years ago wouldn't even keep a mama and baby out of poverty today. so, so what happened? well, i'll tell you what happened. when i was a little girl, the guys in washington set the minimum wage based on what it would take to support a family. and today the republicans who run the show and make the decisions like that based on what will maximize profits for the biggest corporations. it really is that simple. difference really is that important because that story about my family, that story about pride and fear and courage, it's a story that countless americans could tell
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today about their own families. it's a story that millions and millions of of families are living right this minute. and throughout the history of of our country, the way that story ends for people who work their hearts out, it's often determined by one simple question, who does government work for? is it working for the high and the mighty or is it working for the people? people save their homes or they don't. little girls grow up with a chance to succeed, or they don't. families make it, or they don't. based on the answer to that question, and that's why, for me, this fight isn't political. it is deeply, deeply personal. [applaus
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[applause] >> the first time i spoke at netroots eight years ago, i talked about my family, and i talked about surviving the great depression in oklahoma. and during my research as a law professor, people told me a lot of their stories, not numbers on a page, but their stories, stories about families that worked hard, scraped to get ahead, that were on the verge of making it and then something happened. it wasn't a medical crisis like it was in my family, it was a lost job or a divorce or a death, but whatever it was, it sent people tumbling over the edge and that's when the predators in the financial industry jumped at the chance to bleed them dry. i hear these stories and i hear the pride, the fear, and the courage and i also heard that question hanging over people's heads, determining their fate, who does government work for?
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the powerful corporations, the banks, the credit card companies that have ruined these families? the ones who had ruined these famili families'lives just so they could make a few extra bucks because those who were in the government wouldn't willing to stand up for people. by the early 2000's, companies like bank of america and wells fargo were selling mortgages that were like grenades with the pins pulled out, destined to blow up and cost millions of families their homes. they cheated everyone they do, but they drew a special target on the backs of african-americans and latinos, selling black and brown families the worst of the worst mortgages, and all the while, washington turned a blind eye, as your country headed toward an economic meltdown. all the while washington made it even easier for these giant
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corporations to profit by tricking, trapping, and outright cheating hard-working americans. and here is the part that always just gets to me about this story. we are a democracy. and in a democracy, it doesn't make sense that leaders could be in the business of standing up for the powerful against the powerless. our leaders should serve the people. i mean, do the math on it. there's a lot more seniors getting overcharged for their prescriptions than there are pharmacy ceo's getting rich gouging people on drug prices. [applaus [applause] >> yeah. there's a lot more families that would benefit from a child care tax credit than there are families that pay the estate tax. there are a lot more working moms and dads who go to bed worried about making the
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mortgage payment than there are ceo's who go to bed dreaming about buying one more vacation home and in a democracy, all of these moms and dads and seniors and students ought to add up to more than a handful of ceo's and billionaires. but somehow, working people these days have to fight uphill even to get heard, let alone to get their way in washington. in fact, the hill is steeper than ever before. so, here is my question, what is it about our politics that prevents our government from working for working people? how come the majority never gets to rule in washington any more? well, i can think of three things. one, because of citizens united and the revolving door between industry and government.
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[applaus [applause] >> because of those, money doesn't just talk in washington, money shouts, money screams, money commands, and a lot of politicians on both sides of the aisle follow the money. [applause] >> that's one. two, republicans have conspired to rig the rules of democracy itself using everything from partisan gerrymandering to voter suppression. thanks to their years of work, the system is badly tilted to make it less likely that millions of americans' votes are actually cast and counted and it is no coincidence that the people who are targeted, the ones who are pushed away from the polls, are mostly poor people, young people, minorities and others who aren't helped by the
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republicans in power. now, these are serious threats to democracy. but they are not permanent. you and i, we can change this stuff. we can overturn citizens united. yeah. you bet. we can close and lock that revolving door. we can do that. [applause] >> we can protect the right to vote. we can reform our elections and our government. yeah, we'll have to fight uphill all the way, but we are not without power. we are not without hope and we are certainly not without motivation. [applause] >> yep. i've never been afraid to be the underdog and neither have you, netroots, so let's get in this fight. i believe we can save democracy. but i said there were three
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things that keep government from working for working families. lots of money, rig the rules and this, the third, the rich and powerful profit when government doesn't work for working people, and they have learned that the best way to stop us from changing the system is to set working people against each other. [applause] >> so they have become the experts at the politics of division. frankly, it might be the one thing that donald trump is really good at, that and kissing up to two-bit dictators. [applause] >> you bet. you know, trump and his pals tell working people a story about what's gone wrong with their lives. now, this story is not about
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big banks cheating customers or insurance companies discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions. nope, that is not the story. the story is not about drug companies that charge $600 for a bill that costs less than $1 to make. or student loan companies that rip off young people. nope, that's not the story. it isn't even about billionaires to get out of paying their fair share while we hold back on rebuilding our roads and subways, power grid, or about lobbyists who write tax bills so that the corporations that they work for get special breaks while the average family in america gets nothing. nope, those aren't the stories that trump tells. in trump's story, the reason working families keep getting the short end of the stick isn't because of the decisions that he and his pals are making in washington every day. no, according to trump, the
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problem is other working people. people who are black or brown, people who were born somewhere else, people who don't worship the same, dress the same, or talk the same as trump and his buddies. and it comes in all sorts of flavors. racism, sexism, homophoba, xenophobia, it comes in all sorts of forms, nasty personal attacks, trolling on twitter, winking at white supremacists and it all adds up to the same thing, the politics of division, politics that pits black working people against white working people so they won't band together. [applause] >> politics of division that tells america to distrust each other, to fear each other-- >> you can watch all of c-span's coverage of the netroots nation conference


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