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America has ugly history of racism: 2020 Dem presidential contender

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
US Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) pauses while speaking at an organizing event on February 18, 2019 in Glendale, California. (AFP photo)

Influential Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has slammed America's "ugly history" of racism and pointed to her bill to address housing discrimination against African Americans.

“America has an ugly history of racism,” Warren, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, told hundreds of supporters at New Hampshire's annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner on Friday, The Washington Post reported.

“We need to confront it head-on. And we need to talk about the right way to address it and make change,” she added,

“I have a housing bill that talks about more recent forms of discrimination which we also need to address head-on,” she continued.

Warren's bill, supported by members of the Congressional Black Caucus, seeks to increase the availability of low-income rent housing around the country.

Warren, who served as an adviser to former President Barack Obama before she was elected to the Senate in 2012, has taken several steps in recent months to increase her national profile.

Warren, a star of the party's progressive wing, earlier this month launched her bid for the 2020 presidential election. She might have to compete against several fellow liberal senators planning to get the Democratic nomination.

She has repeatedly denounced Trump’s economic policies, saying they are hurting the middle-class Americans who voted for him.

Warren has said that the Republican president failed to deliver on his promise to help working-class people, accusing him of delivering “a gut punch to America's working people.”

She has said Trump vowed to make working-class people his top priority, but instead he assembled a team of billionaires and bankers at the White House which is working against the middle-class.

Warren has called the Trump administration "the most corrupt in living memory,” and accused it of lacking "a conscience" with its controversial immigration policies.

“The man in the White House is not the cause of what is broken. He is just the latest and most extreme symptom of what’s gone wrong in America,” she said.

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