And all while the rich get richer.
We are fed up. I am fed up. And that is why I am running for president. I’m going to lead a revolution for working people in America. This includes all workers: white, black and brown, men and women, gay and straight, urban and rural. In other words, I want to fight for all the Americans left behind by Trump’s elitist economic agenda that puts the well-being of millionaires, billionaires and corporations above that of hardworking Americans.
We need a president who doesn’t just visit our forgotten communities for rallies, but one who lives in them — one who knows the pain and suffering that comes with being unseen and unheard. And this isn’t a recent problem — the hollowing out of our communities has been happening for the last 40 years. It’s pathetic that a country this powerful and wealthy can’t come together to fix the structural problems — from job losses to tax cuts for the rich — that continue to hurt hard-working Americans.
Why do these communities keep getting forgotten? Because the decades-old, right-wing hate agenda has successfully pitted working families against each other. They have spread fear instead of sympathy for the families seeking refuge and asylum in our country. They tell us that women shouldn’t be allowed freedom of choice when it comes to reproductive rights. They tell us that gay couples will destroy the institution of marriage and the American family. The stories that are told on the right-wing media’s nightly news are not about the promise of America. Instead, their goal is to spread fear.
And President Donald Trump has turned it into an art form. Fear is the foundation of his political agenda. But as Franklin Roosevelt said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” So, look out, Trump. Look out, all of you passive, enabling Republicans who have prioritized political power over everything. We are coming for you.
I also know their hopes and dreams. I know what they want to provide for themselves and their kids. They don’t ask for a lot, but they want to be able to afford to put a roof over their family’s heads and food on the table; to visit the doctor when they get sick; to retire with dignity; and maybe to take their family on vacation every now and again. That is not too much to ask in a country as rich as the United States.
Just the other day, a second-generation autoworker with 20 years on the job who voted for Trump told me, “If you get to the White House, please don’t forget us. Everyone else did, even him.” I promised this man that l would not. I couldn’t if I tried. Because I live and breathe the issues that working families face every day.
What I bring to this revolution of working people are the values, experiences, strategies and innovations that have been forged in the American heartland. In the coming weeks, I will unveil a national industrial policy that will bring our manufacturing sector into the 21st century. My plan will establish a chief manufacturing officer at the cabinet level to lead this sweeping reform and finally give American workers the ability to thrive — not just survive.
While I’m fully supportive of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, my agenda will help create jobs that pay real, living wages at $30, $40, $50 an hour — not just the minimum. We are Americans, and we deserve better.
We have learned the hard way that division makes us weak and allows the rich and powerful to prey upon us. We are not going to shrink from the challenges of globalization and automation. We are not going to cower to the pharmaceutical lobby or the health insurance industry, the agriculture monopolists or the prison industrial complex. Their days are numbered. The scam is up, and I’m asking all Americans to join me today.
Our future is now.