I got you a present. I made– I designed you a shoe. Whoa! I’ll give you that later. You don’t have to
carry it around. From a good
Massachusetts company. Oh, is that right? Someone’s from Massachusetts. What brings you to Los Angeles? What are you up to? Well, I have
grandkids out here. Oh, nice.
Oh, that’s– how old are your– – I came out–
– –grandkids? –to see family.
Youngest one’s seven. The oldest is 16. Enough to have fun. Enough to have– do you
take the kids to Disneyland? Are you a fun grandma? You bet. Yes. The last time I was out
here we did Disneyland. It was a make up for
someone’s birthday. And we had a ball.
– You did? It was fun.
Yeah. – Did you wear the mouse ears?
– Yes. You did? Because that’s dangerous,
to put on a hat when you’re a politician, right? They can make fun
of you afterwards. Life is too short. No, you’ve got to get out there
and do what you want to do. All right. That’s good. Because most of the time when
we see, you’re grilling somebody or you’re letting
somebody have it. Lightly fried. Are you from an
argumentative family? Are you guys like fighters,
a rough and tumble type of people? You know that’s
actually a good question. I would describe it not
fighters in that usual sense. I’m the baby I have three
much older brothers. And boy I tell you, you
grow up in a household with three older brothers, I
mean, it’s kind of root, hog, or die. They’re in there. But it is the case that I
watched the women in my family really fight for how
they saved our family. I grew up in a paycheck to
paycheck family, all three of my older brothers
going off to the military. Family starting to get
a little bit ahead, and then my daddy
has a heart attack. And he’s out of work for
a long period of time. They repossess the– we lose
the family station wagon. My mom was 50 years old. She never worked
outside the home. And I remember at
nights she put me to bed and she closed the
door and she’d cry about what was going to happen. And finally one morning
I walk into the bedroom and she’s got that best black
dress laid out on the bed. The one, you know, for
weddings and funerals. And she’s crying and
she’s talking to herself. She’s saying, we will
not lose this house, we will not lose this house. She pulls on that black
dress and she blows her nose, puts on her lipstick,
puts on her high heels, and walks to the Sears to
get a minimum wage job. And that minimum wage
job saved our house and it saved our family. And I learned about women who
fight to save their families. Wow. That’s some story. Now we barely even
have Sears anymore. I know, I know. Yeah, it all changes. And yet the part
that doesn’t change– this is what really gets to me. The part that doesn’t change
is that middle class families, working families, people who
work hard, play by the rules, they work harder and
harder and harder and just take one
punch after another. It really is the case that, at
least when I was growing up, that minimum wage job my
mother got was at a time when a minimum wage job would
keep a family of three afloat. You could make a
mortgage payment. Today a minimum wage
job won’t keep a mama and a baby out of poverty. And you know why that is? It’s because Washington
once upon a time wrote the rules
through the lens of, what helps middle
class families? What helps poor families
get opportunity and move up? Today Washington writes its
rules through the lens of, what helps the donors? And the donors don’t want to
see a higher minimum wage, than Washington does not
produce a higher minimum wage, and that is fundamentally evil. It definitely
seems to be the case. And you even have instances
now with Mick Mulvaney where they’re actually admitting it. They’re openly saying it.
– You saw this. Mick Mulvaney shows up in
front of thousands of bankers and says, you know, back
when I was a congressman, when the lobbyists came in
we had a rule in my office. When the lobbyist came in, if
they hadn’t given me any money, I didn’t see him. If they’d given me money,
then maybe I’d talk to him. You know that’s
called pay to play. And that’s what’s gone
wrong in Washington. That is a Washington that’s
working for the lobbyists and not working for
the American people. When there’s something
that Americans care about, and we tell them,
maybe I tell them or other people say,
call your congresspeople, call your representatives,
your senators, does that have an impact? Is that even worth doing? Oh man, yes, and I’ll
tell you how we know that. So think about it. I went to watch Donald
Trump be inaugurated. I actually wanted to see it. I was no further than
here to the band. And watch him– and it’s
good, because it’s now burned on the back of my eyeballs. I’m serious, listen. If I ever get tired or a little
discouraged, I think gee, I ought to be working
on other stuff. I lean back, I see Donald
Trump getting sworn in. I’m back. But I’m thinking about, after
he gets sworn in, I’m thinking, this is it. The Republicans now have the
House, they have the Senate, they have the White House. And they’ve already
said umpteen zillion times they’re going to roll
back the Affordable Care Act. They’re going to
roll back health care for millions of Americans. And we don’t have the
votes to stop them. We don’t have a
way to stop this. And so you think
about what happened. The day after Donald
Trump was inaugurated– look, his inauguration,
the historians are going to write about
it for a long time. Because it was so big?
There was so many people there? That’s right. First fight he wants to
pick, how many people came to admire me? His first fight was with math. But not his last
fight with math. But the next day, what happens? The biggest protest march in
the history of the world occurs. All those women,
all those friends of women, all those kids
who got out and said, my voice will be heard. And they protested, they
took to the streets, and then everybody
else starts coming out. We start doing rallies
around health care. You start talking
about health care. People all across
this country, people come off the sidelines–
shoot, the scientists came off the sidelines. Right? When the nerds come out,
you know this is it. They heard it was
a women’s march. They’re like hey, let us in. You know, the best sign up– you have to admit,
they had great signs. – Oh, the signs were fantastic.
– Oh, the signs. Yeah. My favorite from
the scientists was the one, beer,
brought to you by science. But think about it. People kept coming out. That summer I was back
and forth in the Senate. I watched mamas
show up with babies with complex medical needs. They’d have a baby in a stroller
and be pulling a wagon that had breathing equipment
and feeding equipment, and all kinds of
special emergency stuff. And they would get
right in the faces of these Republican
senators who had announced that they
were going to vote to roll back health care. And remember, now it was not
only the Affordable Care Act. They were going to
rollback parts of Medicaid. And they would get
right in their faces and say, that’s the
face of Medicaid. You roll back Medicaid and this
baby does not get the therapist she needs, does not get
the equipment she needs, does not get the
operation she needs. This baby’s life is
on the line and I want you to think about her
when you go in and vote. And remember how it is by
the end of that summer. The House has already voted
to repeal health care, to rollback parts of
Medicaid for millions and millions of people. When it comes over
to the Senate and you remember how that vote got? 51, 49. We saved health
care for millions and millions of Americans. But here’s the deal. Oh, it’s to celebrate–
but here’s the deal. We didn’t have any
more Democratic votes than we’d had before. What we had was a
change in democracy. What we had was a change
in the people who said, democracy is not just something
that happens like every four years or every two years. Democracy is not
just, yeah yeah, I’ll kind of pay attention
to the one or two offices and go and vote. How many millions of
people across this country, whether they had health care
or not for themselves, said, democracy is up to me. I got to be in this fight. And they got in the fight,
and that’s the thing. It’s been another group that’s
come in off the sidelines. The latest, the kids from
Florida following the shooting and all across this country. 14-year-olds and 16-year-olds
and 18-year-olds that said, I’m in this fight. That’s democracy. The new democracy. And that’s all thanks to
Donald Trump for energizing us. There we go. Right? I know everybody
asks you if you’re going to run for president.
And I know– No. –you’re running for
senator right now– I am. –and that’s what
you’re focused on. Yep. But on the chance
that you do one day run for president of
the United States, have you ever paid
off a porn star? – No.
– You have not? – I’m quite sure.
– That’s an unequivocal no? – Equivocal no.
– All right. And also I’m not
running for president. I’m running for Senate. Massachusetts 2018. Senator Elizabeth Warren. If you liked that video
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