The Best Example for Kids Is Reconciliation

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and other elected leaders have a responsibility to call for peace after the election and uphold the will of the people

Sensible Americans are looking for unity in the country in the days following the election. It is disappointing but perhaps predictable that Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren does not appear to be inspiring the reconciliation that is so needed today — or has been slow to embrace it.

At several points during this dramatic week, she co-opted the mood of the petulant and hysterical in remarks that she knew would be picked up and repeated by the mainstream media and used for the Left’s purposes.

Families need leaders that tamp down hysteria and do not incite drama.

She told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Thursday, “We are not turning this country over to what Donald Trump has sold. We are just not.”

In a speech to the AFL-CIO, also on Thursday, Warren insisted the Democratic Party would “stand up to bigotry” in the wake of Trump’s election, and further said the president-elect “encouraged a toxic stew of hatred and fear” during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The senator would do well to follow the lead of Hillary Clinton, her own party’s presidential nominee, who in her concession speech on Wednesday encouraged the rest of the country to keep an open mind about President-Elect Trump. Families and voters in Sen. Warren’s part of the country as well as across this land are counting on her and other elected leaders to exemplify graciousness in defeat and concern for the safety of the citizenry.

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On Thursday night, riots continued on the streets of U.S. cities, some turning dangerous. In Portland, Oregon, 29 people were arrested for rioting, a Class C felony. Families need leaders that tamp down hysteria and do not incite drama.

“It is so important that Democrats — especially highly visible Democrats — work to calm down angry Americans who can’t seem to get a grip on themselves,” one Boston-area dad of three told LifeZette. “People are out there smashing car windows and lighting firecrackers. Kids are watching. They’re seeing adults handle disappointment through violence.”

Clearly this is not a lesson we want for our children. Instead, grace, graciousness, unity, reconciliation — all of these qualities are needed and important.

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Said Warren in her AFL-CIO remarks, “We will stand up to bigotry. There is no compromise here. We will fight back against attacks on Latinos, on African-Americans, on women, on Muslims, on immigrants, on disabled Americans, on anyone … Whether Donald Trump sits in a glass tower or sits in the White House, we will not give an inch on this, not now, not ever,” she continued.

Warren may be an elected legislator — but apparently she is forgetting a sense of responsibility to her constituents.

“Sen. Elizabeth Warren is notorious for ducking the media,” noted Boston Magazine in March of 2016. “Whether she’s sneaking through the halls of the U.S. Capitol or ducking out the backdoor of an event in Massachusetts, Warren has mastered the art of avoiding reporters’ questions whenever possible.”

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All people across the nation need to accept President-Elect Trump and give him a fair shot at uniting the country.

Warren also told Maddow on Thursday, “This [loss] is painful, this really and truly hurts, and we have to remember how Donald Trump started this campaign … his entire campaign was fueled on racism and bigotry.”

“He won — and now Latinos and Muslim-American children are worried about what will happen to their families,” Warren insisted to the fat cats of the AFL-CIO. “LGBT couples are worried that their marriages could be dissolved by a Trump-Pence Supreme Court. Women are worried that their access to desperately needed health services will disappear.”

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Trump has not served a single day in office. He was elected just days ago. President Obama himself graciously welcomed President-Elect Trump to the White House this week and said his highest priority is to help lead the transition of power to the newly elected commander-in-chief. The incendiary remarks of Sen. Warren — who may harbor future presidential aspirations herself — or any elected leader aren’t helpful. She and others need to give Trump the benefit of the doubt — just as Massachusetts voters gave her when she was elected.

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