Elizabeth Warren dropped a subtle message of support for Black Lives Matter into her appearance at the DNC last night by spelling the name of the movement with children’s toy blocks in the classroom where she was speaking.
Three of the colored blocks spelled out the letters BLM as Warren appeared from the Early Childhood Education Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Massachusetts senator did not mention the movement by name in her speech but spoke about how coronavirus and the resulting economic crisis were ‘falling hardest on black and brown families’.
Another set of letters spelled out DBFH – the Warren slogan Dream Big, Fight Hard – while a US Mail jacket was hanging on a peg in reference to Democratic demands to protect the postal service.
Hidden message: The letters ‘BLM’ were spelled out by children’s toy blocks as Elizabeth Warren spoke to Democrats on day three of the national convention last night
Easter egg: Warren showed her support for Black Lives Matter by having the letters set up behind her during her virtual convention speech
Warren’s team pointed out the ‘Easter eggs’ on Twitter for anyone who had missed them during her appearance at the DNC.
‘BLM blocks for Black Lives Matter,’ they explained.
Other subtle messages included three blocks spelling JOE in tribute to the newly-crowned nominee, who will accept the nomination tonight.
There was also a pair of Converse shoes – in reference to the Boston-based firm – and a picture of a Dr Seuss character, after the author born in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Warren, 71, was once considered a front-runner for the Democratic nomination but faded in the polls as Bernie Sanders became Biden’s main challenger on the left.
She quit the race in early March and announced her support for Biden the following month.
‘I’m here at the Early Childhood Education Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, which has been closed for months,’ Warren said in her message last night.
‘Childcare was already hard to find before the pandemic. And now, parents are stuck- no idea when schools can safely reopen and even fewer childcare options.
‘The devastation is enormous. And the way I see it: big problems demand big solutions.’
‘Dream big, fight hard’: The letters DBFH spelled out another Warren slogan in the classroom where she spoke to endorse Joe Biden and Kamala Harris
Message: A US Mail jacket was hanging on a peg in reference to Democratic demands to protect the postal service
Warren continued: ‘I love a good plan, and Joe Biden has some really good plans – plans to bring back union jobs in manufacturing and create new union jobs in clean energy.
‘Plans to increase Social Security benefits, cancel billions in student loan debt, and make our bankruptcy laws work for families instead of the creditors who cheat them.’
Touching on racial issues, she said: ‘Donald Trump’s ignorance and incompetence have always been a danger to our country.
‘Covid-19 was Trump’s biggest test. He failed miserably. Today, America has the most Covid deaths in the world and an economic collapse – and both crises are falling hardest on Black and Brown families.’
In the wake of the George Floyd protests, Warren previously called for bases named after Confederate generals to be renamed.
Warren said in June that it was time to condemn the generals to ‘footnotes in our history books’ at a moment of ‘deep reflection’ on racism.
In a speech on the Senate floor, Warren highlighted the sinister past of Confederate generals such as John Brown Gordon, a suspected KKK leader; Henry Benning, a fierce secessionist who feared a ‘land in possession of the blacks’, and Braxton Bragg, a slaveowner with a poor reputation even on the Confederate side.
Warren also attacked Trump for his opposition to renaming the bases, saying the president had ‘chosen a well-worn path of hatred and division’.
Former rivals: Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden sparred in Democratic primary debates (seen here on stage in Ohio in October 2019) before Warren eventually dropped out
Trump rejected calls to rename the bases on June 10, saying they were ‘hallowed grounds’ and ‘magnificent and fabled military installations’ where soldiers have been trained for great American victories.
‘Our history as the Greatest Nation in the World will not be tampered with. Respect our Military!’ he said.
Reports said Defense Secretary Mark Esper had been open to renaming the bases until Trump vetoed the idea.
Warren spoke on day three of the convention last night, whose main event was a speech by former president Barack Obama.
In an astonishing attack on his successor, Obama told Democrats: ‘Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t.
‘And the consequences of that failure are severe. 170,000 Americans dead. Millions of jobs gone while those at the top take in more than ever.
‘Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished, and our democratic institutions threatened like never before.’
Biden will address the convention tonight after he was formally crowned as Trump’s challenger on Tuesday.
The 77-year-old has held a clear lead in opinion polls in recent months amid widespread discontent with Trump’s handling of the pandemic.