Senator Elizabeth Warren might have been one of the last candidates standing in the race for the Democratic nomination this year, but she showed up to support Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in full voice on night three of the Democratic National Convention.
Warren, a former teacher with “the energy of a mother of five boys who all play a different sport,” delivered her brief address from Square One early childhood education center in Springfield, Massachusetts, and aptly focused on education and childcare. It’s a tough gig knowing you’re one of the opening acts for former president Barack Obama, who’s given an OK speech or two in his time, but Warren’s plainspoken message of practical policy solutions, like universal preschool, was sure to resonate with Americans worn down and worried by pandemic parenting.
“We build infrastructure like roads and bridges and communications systems so that people can work,” Warren said. “That infrastructure helps us all because it keeps our economy going. It’s time to recognize that childcare is part of the basic infrastructure of this nation. It’s infrastructure for families.”
“Donald Trump’s ignorance and incompetence have always been a danger to our country,” she went on. “COVID-19 was Trump’s biggest test. He failed miserably. Today, America has the most COVID deaths in the world and an economic collapse — and both crises are falling hardest on Black and Brown families.”
People quickly spotted a none-to-subtle shout out to Black Lives Matter set up in the background of the classroom.
Others spotted wooden characters spelling out “DBFH” — for Dream Big, Fight Hard, her still-relevant campaign slogan — and “11 3 20,” the date of Election Day.
also the Statue of Liberty (the inspiration for her campaign color) and 320 (presumably for March 2020, when she ended her campaign). Taylor Swift could never
— Emmy Bengtson (@EmmyA2) August 20, 2020
It’s far from the only time Black Lives Matter has been referenced, affirmed, and embraced in the three nights of the convention so far, but there’s something extra resonant about seeing it spelled out in toy letters for the Black kids of that classroom to see.
As a bonus, Warren recorded a message for all the kids stuck at home, whose art was posted on the wall behind her. “You are on national television, showing what young people can do and how creative you all are,” she said.
You can watch the full clip of Warren’s speech below.
I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to address the #DemConvention tonight. The way I see it, big problems demand big solutions—and I’m in this fight through November and beyond to get big things done for the American people.
Watch my speech—and let’s do this together: pic.twitter.com/tV5MMocN02
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) August 20, 2020