TONIGHT, MY FIRST GUEST IS THE
SENIOR SENATOR OF THE GREAT STATE OF MASSACHUSETTS AND IS
CURRENTLY RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. PLEASE WELCOME SENATOR ELIZABETH
WARREN! ♪ ♪ ♪
( APPLAUSE ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>YES! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>YES!>>Stephen: THANK YOU. THANK YOU, MA’AM.>>WHY DON’T– WHY DON’T WE
JUST– ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>WHY DON’T WE JUST QUIT NOW AND DO A SELFIE LINE? WE CAN HAVE SOME FUN.>>Stephen: WE DON’T HAVE FOUR
HOURS, MA’AM.>>IT’S SO GOOD TO SEE YOU.>>Stephen: GOOD TO SEE YOU,
TOO. AND I WAS SAYING BACKSTAGE, THAT
RALLY LAST NIGHT, 20,000 PEOPLE, YOUR BIGGEST RALLY SO FAR.>>YUP. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: AND I UNDERSTAND– I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU DID DO A
VERY LONG SELFIE LINARDS.>>WE DID.>>Stephen: HOW MANY SELFIES
IS TOO MANY? DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA HOW MANY
DID YOU?>>I HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY WE
DID. 20,000 PEOPLE, IT SEEMED LIKE
ABOUT 26,000 STAYED FOR SELFIES.>>Stephen: BY THE WAY, I’M SO
SORRY THAT WE ONLY HAVE 450 PEOPLE HERE TONIGHT. THANK YOU FOR SLUMMING HERE AT
THE ED SULLIVAN.>>YOU KNOW, THE SELFIES ARE THE
MOST FUN ABOUT THIS. AND IT TRULY IS THE CASE BECAUSE
IT MEANS YOU GET THE PERSON-TO-PERSON ABOUT THIS. AND IT MEANS FOR EVERY SINGLE
PERSON WHO STAYS IN THAT LINE– AND, LOOK, SOMEBODY WAITED FOUR
HOURS, YOU KNOW, THE GUY AT THE END. BUT IT’S– IT’S ABOUT POWER AND
IT’S ABOUT SAYING, “I GET IT. WE’VE GOT A WASHINGTON THAT’S
WORKING GREAT FOR THE RICH AND THE POWERFUL. NOT WORKING FOR MUCH OF ANYONE
ELSE. YOU CAME IN HERE. YOU TALKED ABOUT HOW IT’S
BROKEN. YOU TALKED ABOUT HOW TO FIX IT.” AND PEOPLE WHO SAY, “I CAN DO A
PIECE OF THAT. I’M IN TH FIGHT ALL THE WAY. AND I GOT A SELFIE TO PROVE IT!”
SO THAT’S WHERE WE ARE.>>Stephen: THAT’S VALIDATING
THE PARKING TICKET IS WHAT IT IS.>>AND IT’S FUN.>>Stephen: IN THE SPEECH LAST
NIGHT– AND I SAW A FAIR CHUNK OF IT LAST NIGHT. YOU SAID, “WE CAN’T CHOOSE A
CANDIDATE WE DON’T BELIEVE IN JUST BECAUSE WE’RE TOO SCARED TO
DO ANYTHING ELSE.” UM, NOW SOME PEOPLE SAW THAT–
BY “SOME PEOPLE” EYE MEAN EVERYONE SAW THAT AS A VEILED
SHOT AT JOE BIDEN. IS THAT ACCURATE?>>NO. IT’S– NO, THE WAY I SEE THIS IS
THESE REALLY ARE SCARY TIMES. IT’S SCARY TIMES BECAUSE DONALD
TRUMP IS TRULY A TERRIBLE PRESIDENT. NOT JUST BAD, TERRIBLE. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WELL, THEN LET ME MAKE THE CASE– LET ME JUST GO
AHEAD– OKAY, PEOPLE ARE– PEOPLE ARE SEEING YOU REFER TO
BIDEN IN THAT BECAUSE WHEN THINGS DO GET SCARY– AND IT IS
A SCARY TIME– PEOPLE RUN TO THE FAMILIAR. THEY RUN TO THE SAFE. THEY RUN TO THE COMFORTABLE. AND PEOPLE ARE SAYING THAT BIDEN
IS THAT FEELING FOR PEOPLE. LIKE, YOU REMEMBER HOW YOU USED
TO FEEL? I AM THAT FEELING, IS KIND OF
HIS MESSAGE. HOW DO YOU– HOW DO YOU MAKE
YOURSELF FAMILIAR AND COMFORTABLE TO THESE PEOPLE? BECAUSE YOU’RE– COMPARED TO
HIM, YOU’RE A FAIRLY NEW FIG OUTER NATIONAL STAGE.>>SO I GUESS I JUST DON’T SEE
IT THE SAME WAY, STEPHEN. I SEE THIS AS EITHER, YOU KNOW,
WE CAN HIDE UNDER THE COVERS. OR WE CAN SAY, “NO. WE GET IT. THE GOVERNMENT ISN’T WORKING FOR
US. DONALD TRUMP IS IN CHARGE, BUT
THINGS HAVE BEEN BROKEN FOR A VERY LONG TIME. AND INSTEAD OF HIDING, WE CAN
ACTUALLY COME TOGETHER, ALL OF US, FIGHT BACK AND MAKE THIS THE
COUNTRY WE WANT IT TO BE. FOR ME, THIS IS ABOUT LOOKING
FORWARD. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WELL, IN A WAY– OKAY, I’LL– I ACCEPT WHAT YOU
SAY. LAST NIGHT YOU DID REACH BACK TO
1911, THOUGH, IN YOUR SPEECH. I WATCHED EIGHT-MINUTE CHUNK
THAT YOU GUYS PUT UP ONLINE LAST NIGHT ON YOUR TWITTER FEED,
TALKING ABOUT THE TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY FIRE.>>RIGHT.>>Stephen: AND BASICALLY–
I’M PARAPHRASING YOU, FEEL FREE TO CORRECT ME. YOU WERE SAYING,UN,” WE LEARNED
A LESSON OVER 100 YEARS AGO, AND WOMEN HELPED TEACH THAT LESSON
AND MAKE SURE THAT LESSON BECAME ACTION THAT WE CANNOT TRUST
CORPORATE INTERESTS AND BIG BUSINESS WITHOUT REGULATION TO
CONTROL WHAT THEY’RE DOING TO THE WORKERS.”>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>Stephen: IN SOME WAYS
AREN’T YOU LOOKING BACK FONDLY AT A TIME WHEN THAT KIND OF
ACTIVISM CHANGED LIFE FOR WORKERS?>>SO HERE’S HOW I SEE THIS. THAT STORY OF THE TRIANGLE
SHIRTWAIST FACTORY FIRE IS A STORY OF CORRUPTION. YOU KNOW, BY THE TIME THAT FIRE
OCCURRED, THERE HAD ALREADY BEEN PROTEST MARCH, THERE HAD BEEN
LOTS OF STORY IN THE PRESS. THERE HAD BEEN LOTS WHERE PEOPLE
TALKED ABOUT THE VERY DANGEROUS CONDITION. AND, YET, THE FACTORY OWNERS
WERE MAKING BIG BUCKS OFF IT. SO INSTEAD OF MAKING CHANGES IN
THEIR FACTORIES, WHAT THEY DID IS THEY WENT TO ALBANY AND THEY
MADE BIG POLITICAL CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS. AND THEY GREASED THE WHEELS OF
GOVERNMENT SO THAT NOTHING HAPPENED. THAT’S WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE
RICH AND THE POWERFUL CAPTURE OUR GOVERNMENT. BUT IT’S A STORY ABOUT POWER IN
THE OTHER DIRECTION AS WELL. AFTER THAT FIRE, THE WOMEN GOT
ORGANIZED, AND THEY SAID, “WE’RE GOING TO KEEP RALLYING. WE’RE GOING TO KEEP PROTESTING. THEY’RE GOING TO THE PUSH FROM
THE OUTSIDE.” BUT FRANCIS PERKINS WHO HAPPENED
TO BE VISITING, SAW THE FIRE, SAW THE WOMEN WHO JUMPED TO
THEIR DEATHS, SHE SAID, “I’M GOING TO BE ON THE OTHER SIDE. I’M GOING TO BE IN GOVERNMENT,
AND I’M GOING TO LANDLORD THE FIGHT FROM THERE.” AND THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED. OVER TIME– SHE GOES TO ALBANY
IN 1911 WHEN WOMEN DON’T EVEN HAVE THE VOTE, AND SHE HEADS UP
A COMMISSION THAT INVESTIGATES. THEY TALK ABOUT FIRE SAFETY, GET
CHANGES. THEN MOVED TO REWRITING THE
LABOR LAWS. THE GREAT DEPRESSION HITS. FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT TAKES HER TO
WASHINGTON. SHE BECOMES THE FIRST WOMAN TO
SERVE IN THE CABINET OF A PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND WHAT DOES SHE DO? SHE LEADS HER PARTY. SHE LEADS FROM THE INSIDE. MILLIONS OF PEOPLE LEAD FROM THE
OUTSIDE. EXPP WHAT HAPPENS? WELL, SHE WAS WOMAN WITH A PLAN,
AND THEY GOT BIG STRUCTURAL CHANGE. THAT’S WHEN WE GOIN AMERICA A
MINIMUM WAGE. THAT’S WHEN WE GOT UNEMPLOYMENT
INSURANCE. THAT’S WITH WE GOT SOCIAL
SECURITY IN AMERICA. SHOOT, THAT’S WHEN WE ACTUALLY
GOT THE WEEKEND. THIS IS BIG CHANGE! ( APPLAUSE )
SO, WHEN– WHEN PEOPLE SAY TO ME, “THIS IS TOO HARD. COME ON, GOVERNMENT TJUST GOES
ON. GOVERNMENT’S CAPTURED BY ALL THE
GUYS WITH ALL THE MONEY.” I SAY, “WAIT A MINUTE. IN AMERICA, WE’VE MADE BIG
STRUCTURAL CHANGE BEFORE.” THINK OF IT THIS WAY: WHAT DID
THEY SAY TO THE SUFFRAGETTES. “DON’T EVEN TRY. IT’S TOO HARD. QUIT NOW.” WHAT DID THEY SAY TO THE EARLY
CIVIL RIGHTS WORKERS, THE FOOT SOLDIERS IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS
MOVEMENT?” “TOO HARD, GIVE UP NOW.” TO THE EARLY UNION ORGANIZERS. “TOO HARD, GIVE UP NOW.” TO THE LGBTQ ACTIVISTS, “TOO
HARD, GIVE UP NOW.” BUT THEY DIDN’T GIVE UP. THEY GOT ORGANIZED. THEY PERSISTED, AND THEY CHANGE
AMERICA’S HISTORY. ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ).>>Stephen: AND, YET, THEY
PERSISTED.>>AND, YET, THEY PERSISTED. WE CAN DO THE SAME! AND THAT’S WHAT THIS IS ABOUT.>>Stephen: DO YOU THINK THAT
THIS– THERE IS– THERE IS MORE SORT OF– THERE’S MORE
CORRUPTION NOW THAN THERE WAS BEFORE? BECAUSE THERE IS A LOT OF
CENTRALIZED MONETARY POWER IN WASHINGTON ON K. STREET, FROM
THE LOBBYISTS CONTROLLING AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT– SUCH AN
ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY. DO YOU THINK IT’S GOING TO BE A
HARDER FIGHT THAN IT WAS 100 YEARS AGO?>>SO, FOR ME, THE COMPARISON IS
NOT 100 YEARS AGO. THE COMPARISON IS 50 YEARS AGO. RIGHT? 50 YEARS AGO, WE HAD A
GOVERNMENT. WE HAD LABOR UNIONS. AND WE HAD BIG CORPORATIONS. AND THE THREE KIND OF BALANCED
THE POWER OUT AGAINST EACH OTHER. POWER IN THE HANDS OF THE
WORKERS, POWER IN THE HANDS OF THE GOVERNMENT, AND POWER IN THE
HANDS OF THE CORPORATIONS. WHAT HAPPENED IS THE
CORPORATIONS FIGURED OUT, STARTING ROUGHLY LATE 70s,
EARTH 1980, THAT, SHOOT, BEST INVESTMENT TO BE MADE IS NOT IN
TECHNOLOGY, NOT IN NEW FACTORIES. BEST INVESTMENT IS GO BUY SOME
POLITICIANS IN WASHINGTON. AND THEY STARTED INVESTING IN
POLITICIANS. AND YOU WATCH THE ROLES JUST
START TO SHIFT. THEY TAKE THE LEGS OUT FROM
UNDERNEATH THE UNIONS AND THEY TAKE THE LEGS OUT FROM
UNDERNEATH THE GOVERNMENT AND THEY CAPTURE THAT GOVERNMENT. THAT’S THE PROBLEM. IT’S NOT JUST DONALD TRUMP. I GET IT, HE IS CORRUPTION IN
THE FLESH. BUT THE STRIEWGHT A COUNTRY THAT
A– THE TRUTH, IS A COUNTRY THAT ELECTS DONALD TRUMP IS ALREADY
IN SERIOUS TROUBLE. REALLY BAD TROUBLE. ( APPLAUSE )
>>Stephen: WE HAVE TO TAKE A QUICK BREAK. BUT WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH
MORE SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN. I’LL ASK HER WHAT SHE WOULD DO
ABOUT THE ATTACK IN SAUDI ARABIA.