10 Times Elizabeth Warren Proved She Was The Ultimate Badass


One of the most outspoken leaders of the resistance is Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was questioning the status quo as a Harvard professor before the resistance was even a hashtag. Thursday marks Elizabeth Warren's birthday, so let's take a moment to explore some of the highlights of her career.

Just Monday, Warren was in full form when she wrote a biting letter to the Federal Reserve demanding that the Wells Fargo board be "removed" for the bank's "risk-management failures." "The Federal Reserve has done nothing to date, despite its ample statutory authority," Warren wrote in the letter. "It is time for the Federal Reserve to act as well."

Warren shows everyday Americans that they too can make a difference like she does, that they can work their way up from a working-class background to become a Harvard professor and senator of the United States.

You already know to expect Warren, her office, and her no-holds-barred Twitter account to keep the pressure up on the current administration. These examples that we're bringing up for her birthday celebration are some of her greatest hits of badass-ness. Here's hoping it helps her ride to victory in 2018.

1) You Didn't Build That!

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Watch out, corporate greed and proponents of tax cuts for the rich! Thanks to Warren's perfect explanation from her 2011 campaign for Senate, the country's elite were informed that their success wouldn't be possible without what we all contribute:

2) Sorry, CNBC, You're Dealing With An Expert

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After the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, Warren has been one of the toughest critics of the banking system. She fought for putting a limit on the big banks in a conversation with CNBC:

She sums it up: "You are not going to defend the proposition that regulation can never work. It did work."

CNBC's presenters were put in their place to the point that the channel removed the clip from YouTube.

3) GOP, Bring On The Shutdown Threats

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Back in 2013, when the Republicans threatened shutting down the government, Warren basically called out the GOP game plan they've been running with ever since:

4) Why Investing In The USA Matters

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It's so Elizabeth Warren that one of her biggest badass takedowns of the status quo came at a Re/Code conference. How do you take what resonates with coding geeks to the general public? She explains in her typical way:

Interestingly, Trump's election may have just woken up enough of the country to finally make a difference.

5) Winning Twitter Fights With Trump

Of course Warren's Twitter fight with Trump didn't keep him out of the White House, but it was some of her best stuff.

6) Her Democratic National Convention Speech

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After staying out of the primaries, Warren dived in 100 percent to support Hillary Clinton and her party at the DNC. And in doing so, she explained the need for identity politics and policies that help workers of all types:

These are arguments that Dems will have to keep making to win races across the country.

7) Grilling Wells Fargo

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The letter to the Federal Reserve was not the first time that Warren has gone after Wells Fargo. Check out the video and see how she just leans into the questioning of CEO John Stumpf:

8) Speaking Well On Democrats' Debating

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Warren went on Stephen Colbert and totally skewered Trump — "Donald Trump is looking out for exactly one guy, and that guy's name is Donald Trump" — but she also made a really good point about the Democrats and how the right conversations are happening within the party, and the GOP is just totally out of touch:

9) Teaming Up With Hillary Clinton

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Just like her tweets didn't keep Trump out of the White House, her campaign stops with Hillary Clinton didn't elect the first woman president. But they were really, really great. Seeing these two Democratic women work together was a sight, and Warren's message was perfect:

Hopefully that works in 2020.

10) Nevertheless, She Persisted

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Sen. Warren's speech on then potential Attorney General Jeff Sessions was cut short by Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He explained why. "Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech,” he said. “She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."

Those three words became the slogan of the entire resistance movement, and likely motivated thousands of women to run for office. That's no small thing. Happy birthday, Sen. Warren!