U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren charged into Wisconsin Saturday and delivered a scorching denunciation of President Donald Trump as she sought to energize Democrats to go the polls for Joe Biden.
From the economy to racial justice to the coronavirus pandemic, the Massachusetts Democrat lit into the president and his policies during an afternoon drive-in car rally at Olbrich Park in Madison.
“We are eight months in (to the pandemic) and the Trump administration still has no plan to deal with this crisis. People continue to die, hundreds a day. On Nov. 3 we will hold Donald Trump accountable,” Warren said, as attendees blared horns.
Later Saturday, Warren spoke at a parking-lot rally in front of Steamfitters Local 601 in Milwaukee.
Standing in the bed of a pickup truck transformed into a stage, Warren told the crowd, “We’re trying to be safe for each other.”
Warren, a former presidential contender, has been a frequent visitor to the state over the last four years.
But with COVID-19 cases now surging in Wisconsin, her Madison and Milwaukee appearances were unlike any other.
She wore a face mask as she delivered a speech to attendees who sat in their cars so that they could maintain social distancing.
Warren accused Trump and Senate Republicans of “trying to steal another Supreme Court seat” as they push to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the high court.
“They’re trying to advance an extremist, right-wing agenda, a big part of which is to overturn the Affordable Care Act, end protections for people with pre-existing conditions, to end Roe vs. Wade and to crush our unions,” Warren said.
She portrayed Biden as someone who “will tackle this pandemic with passion and competence,” bolster health care, restore the economy and heal the nation’s divisions.
“Across this country, as people are demanding justice for Jacob Blake, for George Floyd, for Breonna Taylor and for so many more, Joe Biden has committed to make this country work, not just for some of us, but for all of us,” she said.
Also in Madison, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, ripped into the president’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “While a deadly disease rips through our communities he failed to do his job, on purpose,” Baldwin said of Trump.
In Milwaukee, Mayor Tom Barrett said Trump “has not respected us or accepted responsibility” in dealing with the pandemic.
Attendees in Milwaukee said they were excited to participate in the campaign — even at a distance.
“This feels very 2020,” said Melika Edquist of Milwaukee, who sat in her station wagon with two friends in the back seat and her mini Goldendoodle Gloria in the front passenger seat.
Joseph Brown, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater student who backs Biden attended the rally with his father, who is still undecided.
“I’m appreciative of the way the Biden campaign does this,” Brown said. “It’s an effective way to reach out to voters.”
In a statement, the Trump campaign spokesperson Anna Kelly criticized Warren and Biden and said: “Wisconsinites know that Biden is out of touch with their values and his clear crony corruption will be defeated on November 3.”