Tsongas Criticizes Trump, Calls on Democrats to Campaign in N.H.

U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.

Democratic Congresswoman Niki Tsongas Saturday criticized the Republican party for allowing Donald Trump to become its nominee for president, and called on local Democrats to cross the border into New Hampshire to help elect Hillary Clinton.

Speaking at the annual pre-election breakfast of the Haverhill Democratic City Committee, Tsongas said the problem is bigger than simply Trump’s nomination.

“And I can’t tell you how dismayed people are that, not so much at Mr. Trump who they are astonished at, but that a major party could produce like this. They cannot believe that this is what our country has come to,”

Recognizing Massachusetts is reliably in Clinton’s corner, she urged local Democrats to help New Hampshire’s effort to elect the Democratic candidate.

“Massachusetts—more predictable than, perhaps, New Hampshire. We’re close to the New Hampshire border so I think all of us have to make our way up there even if we’re working hard on all the local elections,” she said.

To cheers of applause, Tsongas credited Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for raising key issues during the Democratic primary. These include, she said, the “growing income gap” between the top 1 percent and the rest of the country.

Besides electing Clinton, the Third District congresswoman said Democrats have a chance at taking the U.S. Senate away from Republicans this year by undertaking a state-by-state effort. She acknowledged, however, retaking the U.S. House of Representatives is “a little more remote.”

Tsongas reflected on Friday’s Women’s Equality Day—the 96th anniversary of American women’s right to vote—to discuss political progress by women. She noted one of the longest serving female members of the House came from Massachusetts. While not mentioning her by name or party affiliation, Tsongas was referring to Edith Nourse Rogers, a Lowell Republican who served from 1925 to 1960.

She credited passage of Title IX, a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex discrimination, with helping women excel in sports. She noted American women won a majority of the gold medals during the recent summer Olympics. Clinton’s distinction as the first woman to be nominated by a major party as its presidential nominee is the latest in trends supporting women, she said.

“For me it was quite a moment to be at the convention and have that historic nomination of a woman to seek the presidency of the most powerful country in the world, United States of America.”



  1. ChairmanoftheBoard said:

    It must be an election year – because Tsongas is coming to Haverhill. This woman is useless. Nikki Tsongas is Ed Markey in a skirt.

  2. Jack Haverhill said:

    According to The Congressional Budget Office…people in the top 50% of wage earners pay 98% of all taxes. For every dollar in taxes that a top income earner pays they receive $00.19 of benefits from the Federal government. For every dollar in taxes that a low income earner pays they receive $20.00 in benefits. The top wage earners are already paying all the taxes that run this liberal government and getting very little in return. Low wage earners are receiving over 100 times more benefits from the Federal government than the very people who are paying for it all. And according to brain dead liberals like Tsongas and Bernie that’s still not enough.

  3. Duncan Burns said:

    “To cheers of applause, Tsongas credited Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for raising key issues during the Democratic primary. These include, she said, the “growing income gap” between the top 1 percent and the rest of the country.” –

    Irony is how Tsongas VOTED for this paradigm, along with many other votes that have absolutely devastated American Families. Tsongas’s support for Clinton will certainly make Wall Street, Big Pharma, and war-mongering defense industry will be happy. Throw in a Clinton Presidency, and passage of TPP, I wonder who Tsongas will blame when the middle-class is wiped out entirely? She’s done such a great job of it already through her VOTE, she must want something really special to go out on top with.

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