Donald Trump is the GOP Nominee

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Donald Trump is now the leader of the Republican Party. It's real – he is one step away from the White House. Here's what else is real:

Trump has built his campaign on racism, sexism, and xenophobia. There's more enthusiasm for him among leaders of the KKK than leaders of the political party he now controls.

He incites supporters to violence, praises Putin, and, according to a columnist who recently interviewed him, is "cool with being called an authoritarian" and doesn't mind associations with history's worst dictators.

He attacks veterans like John McCain who were captured and puts our servicemembers at risk by cheerleading illegal torture. In a world with ISIS militants and leaders like North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un conducting nuclear tests, he surrounds himself with a foreign policy team that has been called a "collection of charlatans," and puts out contradictory and nonsensical national security ideas one expert recently called "incoherent" and "truly bizarre."

What happens next will test the character for all of us – Republican, Democrat, and Independent. It will determine whether we move forward as one nation or splinter at the hands of one man's narcissism and divisiveness. I know which side I'm on, and I’m going to fight my heart out to make sure Donald Trump’s toxic stew of hatred and insecurity never reaches the White House.

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Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention

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On Saturday at the Massachusetts Democratic Party State Convention, I spoke about the big, loud, (and I mean LOUD) elephant in the room: Donald Trump.

I spoke about Trump's failed Trump University, and what kind of a man builds a business to profit off of other people’s pain. And I spoke about how proud I am to be a Democrat in this election – and how our Democratic values will beat Donald Trump.

Watch my speech about why the Democratic Party's vision for America will win in November.

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What I told the American Constitution Society

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Judge Gonzalo Curiel is one of countless American patriots who has spent decades quietly serving his country, sometimes at great risk to his own life. Donald Trump is a loud, nasty, thin-skinned fraud who has never risked anything for anyone and serves nobody but himself.

Donald Trump should be ashamed for using the megaphone of a Presidential campaign to attack a judge’s character and integrity simply because he thinks he has some God-given right to steal people’s money and get away with it.

Last night, I spoke with the American Constitution Society, an organization of progressive lawyers, about why we cannot allow a small, insecure, thin-skinned wannabe tyrant or his allies in the Senate to destroy the rule of law in the United States of America.

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Orlando

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We mourn those lost in Orlando this weekend, and our heart goes out to the victims, families and loved ones touched by this horrific tragedy. As President Obama said: This was an act of terror and hate.

But we face a choice – as individuals, as a community, and as a country. A choice about whether to come together as one people and live our values, or a choice to splinter, turn on each other, and turn on our values in fear.

America is strongest when we are united. It is strongest when we celebrate our diversity. It is strongest when we promote those values abroad and live them here at home. When we love each other.

That’s the message of Pride. And that’s how we defeat hate, and how we protect America.

New Hampshire

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I had a terrific time at the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Convention on Saturday.

We’re ready to go to elect Maggie Hassan to the Senate, take back the Democratic majority, and beat Donald Trump this November.

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Why doesn't Donald Trump release his taxes?

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We don’t know what Donald Trump pays in taxes because he is the first Presidential nominee in 40 years to refuse to disclose his tax returns. But the last time Trump’s taxes were made public, he paid nothing – ZERO.

If Donald Trump doesn’t even believe in paying his fair share for the government, we shouldn’t put him in charge of the government. Watch my new video with MoveOn and ask your Fox News-loving uncle: Why do you pay your taxes but Donald Trump doesn’t?

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America's Agenda

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I spent most of my career studying what has happened to America's middle class and why working families are going broke. A few weeks ago, I gave a Powerpoint presentation on it at the Massachusetts Democratic Convention. At heart, I'm a pretty hard-core data nerd, and I love giving this type of talk.

The video here is long – 40 minutes – but if you care about the economic security of working families and what we can do to rebuild our middle class, I think you'll enjoy it.

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Donald Trump can NEVER be the President

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Tonight I called out Donald Trump. While the rest of us were horrified by the 2008 financial crisis, Donald Trump was drooling over the idea of a housing meltdown – because he figured he’d make more money from the misery of millions. Now that he’s sewn up the Republican nomination, he’s out there kissing the fannies of poor, misunderstood bankers, promising to dismantle the rules we put in place after that crisis to rein in Wall Street greed.

And while nurses, teachers, and dockworkers pay their fair share to support our military personnel who show courage and sacrifice for us every single day, Trump says he’s more than happy to dodge taxes.

Donald Trump has made it perfectly clear that he cares about exactly one person – Donald Trump. And that kind of man can NEVER be the President of the United States.

 

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I can't believe we're voting on this today

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In just a few hours, the Senate Republicans will vote for a proposal to make it easier for giant Wall Street banks to cheat Americans out of their retirement savings.

That’s right, EASIER.

Here’s the deal: Many financial advisers already put their customers’ interests first, but a loophole in the law means scrupulous retirement advisers don’t have to —and it costs their customers $17 billion a year. The Department of Labor recently released a terrific new conflict of interest rule to close the loophole. The new rule is simple: all retirement advisers have to do what’s in the best interest of their customers. It’s so obvious that most people assume it already exists.

It didn’t exist – and if the Republicans have their way, it never will. Today on the floor of the United States Senate, the Republicans will publicly vote to overturn those new commonsense regulations. Unbelievable, right?

The Senate Republicans only need 51 votes today to send this to the President’s desk – and President Obama has already vowed to veto it. But the only way we can stop the Republicans from pushing these appalling bills on the Senate floor is if enough people pay attention – and if the Republicans feel some heat for what they’re doing.

Tell the Senate Republicans: Shame on you for pushing Wall Street’s agenda to weaken the new rules on retirement advisers.

Slick-talking retirement advisers have a lot to lose with this new conflict of interest rule. It’s been perfectly legal for them to receive free vacations, cars, bonuses and kickbacks for selling lousy retirement products to unassuming clients.  And they have a lot of influence in Congress.  

But I have a message for the Senate Republicans: We weren’t sent here to work for Wall Street and their armies of lawyers and lobbyists. We weren’t sent here to make it easier for financial institutions to cheat people.

Help us remind the Senate Republicans exactly who they work for. Before today’s vote, tell the Republican majority: Shame on you for cheating America’s working families.

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