When news broke Tuesday night that Donald Trump was the presumptive nominee for the GOP to rally around, it didn't take long for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren to criticize Trump's campaign for being built "on racism, sexism, and xenophobia" in a message delivered via Facebook and Twitter. While establishment GOP members began squabbling on social media about whether or not they would get behind a Trump presidency, Warren held no punches (though, to be real, that's never been her style). She swiftly broke down the worst of what we've seen from Trump's campaign so far:
...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 service members 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."
Warren wasn't just rehashing the scary/sad facts we already know from nearly a year of watching the Trump campaign like a social experiment gone wrong. Instead, she used this moment as a call to action for those who have been absolutely terrified by a potential Trump administration for a while now and those who might be new to the fray to band together — regardless of party affiliation. She promised she'd be fighting with everything she had to keep Trump from being elected — and is asking for others to do the same.
"What happens next will test the character for all of us — Republican, Democrat, and Independent," Warren wrote. "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."
Maybe it's all the deep concern and fear over a Commander-In-Trump talking, but Warren's post kept reminding me of Aragorn's epic speech from Return of The King, the big-deal quotable one from the final battle at the Black Gate: "A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship: but it is not this day!"
It's so hard for me not to see this as Warren's Black Gate moment.
However, I still don't think she'll be our Aragorn. Warren has long been considered one of the strongest "warriors" the left has to offer — she's respected and adored for her empathy, shrewd approach to economics and for owning her own brand of blustery straight-talking (that never strays into the hateful rhetoric of Trump). As a darling of the left, Warren's been all-but-begged to join the presidential race in some capacity, and I'm certain some people will use this powerful message as grounds to speculate that she's considering her decision.
Personally, I do believe she's been firm in explaining how her talents are best used in the Senate and don't see her changing her mind anytime soon — no matter how much I'd love to follow her into battle.