New Orleans, LA – Elizabeth Warren, reportedly considering a run in 2020 to be president, said the U.S. criminal justice system is “racist … I mean front to back,” in a speech she gave at a historically black college.
The U.S. Senator from Massachusetts said some of the alleged justice system’s failures included disproportionate arrests of blacks for petty drug crimes; an overworked public defender system and state laws that keep convicted felons from voting ever though they have completed their sentences, according to the Associated Press.
“Let’s just start with the hard truth about our criminal justice system,” Warren was quoted as saying by the Washington Times. “It’s racist. It is. And when I say our system, I mean all the way. I mean front to back. We’re talking about the front end on what you declare to be illegal; on how you enforce it, on who gets arrested.”
Warren participated Aug. 3 in a question-and-answer session along with Cedric Richmond, the Congressional Black Caucus Chairman. The event was held at Dillard University in New Orleans.
Beth Lindstrom, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, said that Warren should apologize for her comments, according to the Washington Times.
“Sen. Warren needs to apologize to every police officer, judge, corrections department employee, probation worker and the many other honest and decent people in our criminal justice system who have been smeared by her alienating and careless rhetoric,” Lindstrom said in a statement, according to the Washington Times.
Before Friday’s event, Richmond said any Democratic running for president will have to address black voters’ concerns.
"The biggest political frustration in the African-American community," Richmond told The Associated Press, "is that we have a bunch of Democrats, both black and white, but primarily white, they don't get it — the black experience, the black struggle, what it's like to raise a young black man or black woman from infant to high school."
Warren has a history of anti-police rhetoric.
In 2016 in the wake of the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Warren took to Twitter to post her views.
"We've seen the sickening videos of black Americans killed in traffic stops. Lives ended by those sworn to protect them. #blacklivesmatter ," Warren tweeted, according to CNN.
In a 2015 speech in Boston, Warren compared Black Lives Matter to the civil rights movement in the 1960s what led to black people getting the right to vote.
However, Black Lives Matter is not a civil rights group. It's not even a legal entity. All donations to Black Lives Matter are accepted through a third party non-profit named Thousand Currents which than then "gift" the donations to the founders to use as personal income. They can then spend the money on whatever they want without accountability.
"None of us can ignore what is happening in this country. Not when our black friends, family, neighbors literally fear dying in the streets." Warren said in that 2015 speech, according to the Washington Post. "This is the reality all of us must confront, as uncomfortable and ugly as that reality may be. It comes to us to once again affirm that black lives matter, that black citizens matter, that black families matter. … Economic justice is not — and has never been — sufficient to ensure racial justice. Owning a home won’t stop someone from burning a cross on the front lawn. Admission to a school won’t prevent a beating on the sidewalk outside.”
Warren has been listed by the media as a presidential candidate for 2020. In June, Politico reported that former President Barack Obama met with Warren and counseled her on a run at the White House.
The website electionbettingodds.com has Warren listed as the most likely Democratic candidate to win the presidency in 2020. That website gets its odds from Betfair.com. It has President Donald Trump leading with a 39.7 percent chance of winning the presidency and Warren with the second-best chance at 8.3 percent. Kamala Harris has a 7.3 percent chance of winning and Bernie Sanders comes in at 6.8 percent.