BROOKLINE, Mass. — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Friday urged college graduates to help improve a political landscape that she described as “ugly and frustrating.” Her speech also took not-so-veiled shots at President Donald Trump.
Warren made the comments while delivering the commencement speech for Boston’s Wheelock College on Friday.
The first-term Massachusetts Democrat called on graduates to become political advocates for causes they support, adding that “our democracy depends on you.”
“If democracy for you simply means leaving it to others and letting others set the terms of the political debate, and surrendering the policy decisions to people in faraway Washington, then our country will work better and better for a smaller and smaller number of people,” she said. “But if democracy for you means connecting up, studying, making thoughtful decisions, and defending them with intelligence and commitment, then this country will flourish.”
She also took a few jabs at Trump, although she never mentioned him by name, according to a Wheelock College news release.
Among her comments was that the famed left-field wall at Boston’s Fenway Park is “the only wall I would like to see in this country.”
She noted that Wheelock was founded in 1888 as a training school for kindergarten teachers. “People were taught to deal with unruly 5-year-olds — we could really use that experience in Washington today,” she said.
Warren also poked fun at reports the White House exaggerated the number of people attending Trump’s inauguration. “According to the official White House crowd counters there are over 14 million people here today and I want to thank you all,” she said.
Warren has been a sharp critic of Trump, most recently over his firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
It was the second commencement address for Warren this month. Last Friday, she spoke at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
The National Desk contributed to this report.