WATCH: Sen. Patty Murray Reflects on Women’s March and Issues Dividing America Under Trump Regime

WATCH: Sen. Patty Murray Reflects on Women’s March and Issues Dividing America Under Trump Regime

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image004Washington state’s senior senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the highest-ranking woman and third-ranking Democrat serving in the United States Senate, released the following video statement in celebration of the anniversary of the Women’s March, likely the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history.

Last year, an estimated 2.6 million women and allies participated in the inaugural Women’s March and sister events organized in response to President-Elect Trump’s sexist and divisive campaign, including hundreds of thousands of people in Washington state. On January 20th and 21st, in observance of the first anniversary of the historic march, thousands of Washingtonians are expected to participate in marches and related events in Seattle, Olympia, Spokane, Yakima, and more.    

“Last January in his inaugural address, President Trump laid out his bleak perspective and divisive vision for America and its people. And in the year since, he has spent every day creating chaos and dysfunction, attacking and bullying people, tearing our country apart, lurching us into crisis, baiting us into controversy and doing everything in his power to make his vision of ‘American carnage’ a reality…[b]ut here’s the good news: just one day after he was inaugurated, millions of people turned out for Women’s Marches across the country and made clear that they were going to do everything in their power to stop President Trump’s backward agenda. It was a message that resonated not just in our nation’s Capital, but in cities and towns across Washington state. Hundreds of thousands of you stood up in Seattle and in Spokane, in Wenatchee and in Walla Walla. You packed the streets in Vancouver and raised your voices in Bellingham. In Twisp, a town of less than one thousand, nearly 800 people gathered to send a clear message to President Trump that his plans to divide us will not stand. The torch of energy that so many of you carried from those marches has helped push me through some of our toughest battles this past year and been such a critical factor in the resistance so far.”

Watch Senator Murray’s full video statement here

Full transcript of Senator Murray’s video statement below.

Hello, Friends. 

Last January in his inaugural address, President Trump laid out his bleak perspective and divisive vision for America and its people. 

And in the year since, he has spent every day creating chaos and dysfunction, attacking and bullying people, tearing our country apart, lurching us into crisis, baiting us into controversy and doing everything in his power to make his vision of ‘American carnage’ a reality: 

He cut taxes for the rich while raising them on the middle class and jeopardizing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. 

He sabotaged health care and increased premiums for millions of families. 

He attacked women and their health care at every opportunity. 

He went after immigrants and refugees—including DREAMers, and children and families fleeing from terrible violence and terrorism. 

He rolled back protections for workers, for families, for students, and the environment in order to enrich billionaires and the biggest corporations. 

And he filled his cabinet with billionaires and special interests to implement his awful policies. 

But here’s the good news: just one day after he was inaugurated, millions of people turned out for Women’s Marches across the country and made clear that they were going to do everything in their power to stop President Trump’s backward agenda.

It was a message that resonated not just in our nation’s Capital, but in cities and towns across Washington state. 

Hundreds of thousands of you stood up in Seattle and in Spokane, in Wenatchee and in Walla Walla. You packed the streets in Vancouver and raised your voices in Bellingham. 

In Twisp, a town of less than one thousand, nearly 800 people gathered to send a clear message to President Trump that his plans to divide us will not stand. 

The torch of energy that so many of you carried from those marches has helped push me through some of our toughest battles this past year and been such a critical factor in the resistance so far. 

And one year later, that energy is more powerful than ever. 

A record number of women are running for office—

…and people are coming off the sidelines to get involved: talking to their friends and neighbors about politics, policy, and what we can do to get our country back on track. 

So to all of you who have fought so hard to defend our democracy: for every letter, every email, every call, every postcard, every workshop and meeting—thank you for an impactful year of organizing, advocacy and resistance. 

I pledge to keep fighting as hard as I can and to work with anyone, from any Party, who is willing to stand with me to restore respect and get results.

You have been an inspiration to so many, and know that you will always have a partner in me. 

Your work—your activism—your passion—that is what Democracy looks like.

That is what will help move us back in the right direction. 

And that is what I want kids growing up to see—and to be inspired by. 

So stay engaged, and let’s continue to push the envelope for our children, our families, and our communities in 2018 and beyond.

Together, I know we’ll make it.

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