AMHERST (AP) — U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren took a quick jab at President Donald Trump on Friday while urging newly minted University of Massachusetts-Amherst graduates to get more involved in the democracy of public policy and pursue issues they care about.

During her commencement address, she ticked off a list of possible causes, including student debt, access to voting, bullying and free speech.

The Democrat then wryly suggested the students also could fight for “the principle that no one, no one in this country is above the law and we need a Justice Department, not an obstruction of justice department.”

warren Sen. Warren Takes Jab At Trump In UMass Commencement Address

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren delivers commencement address at UMass Amherst (Image from UMass)

That last recommendation received big cheers from the crowd. It was a reference to Trump’s firing this week of FBI Director James Comey, whose agency is investigating allegations of collaboration between Russia and Trump’s Republican presidential campaign last year.

Trump has denied any Russian connections, expressing frustration with “this Russia thing” and dismissing the investigation as “a hoax.”

Warren, first elected in 2012, was a pointed critic of Trump during the presidential election, regularly attacking him on Twitter. Since his election, she has continued her criticism, most recently calling for the appointment of an independent prosecutor to investigate the Trump campaign and Russia following Comey’s sudden ouster.

On Friday, Warren spent much of her address stressing the importance of democracy and how politicians need to hear from everyday people like the graduates, not the corporate CEOs, Wall Street and others “who spend buckets of money” to make sure their interests are heard.

“Here’s the thing: Your elected officials are increasingly working only for the few, the very wealthy few, and they are setting policies that only benefit the few, the very wealthy few,” she said. “And if that doesn’t change soon, then this country will fundamentally change. It is your world, your future on the line.”

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy said Warren, who’s a consumer advocate, is a strong role model for students.

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Comments (9)
  1. Joan Gilday says:

    The senator is an embarrassment to the state of Massachusetts. We don’t elect our reps for the purpose of spending their terms in office taking pot shots at our President — regardless of his or their party. We elect them to serve the people of this state by passing legislation that will help us. Pocahontas should go back to her reservation.

    1. Please, Joan, tell us how the Senator is an embarrassment to the State? Did you complain over the last eight years every time an elected official took pot shots at Pres. Obama, calling him and his wife horrible things?

      1. West Bond says:

        Go Phuck Yourself

  2. West Bond says:

    Trump’s My President, You’re Not My Senator: C U Next Tuesday.

    1. Trump will likely quit as he is just a baby-man. But he may very well wind up in prison. In reality he should probably be tried and executed for Treason, he is being paid to destroy this country.

      1. West Bond says:

        Go Phuck Yourself

      2. Bob Babineau says:

        Explain in detail what treason President Trump has committed.

    2. As per your usual West, very mature response. I don’t think I’ve seen the whole “C U…” thing since I was 12. Are you going to use “I’m rubber, you’re glue..” comeback next?

      1. West Bond says:

        Go Phuck Yourself

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