Warren addressed large crowd at Brown University

    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren addresses a packed room at Brown University in Providence Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. (WJAR)

    Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren addressed a packed room at Brown University in Providence Wednesday.

    Warren was in town, delivering a speech about her life and her road to politics, just a day after she was re-elected to a second six-year term, defeating Republican challenger state Rep. Geoff Diehl and independent candidate Shiva Ayaddurai.

    But the Democrat didn’t speak much of the election results and instead began with a jab at President Trump.

    ‘Who knows? Maybe we’ll just even throw in just a little bit of Donald Trump firing Jeff Sessions so that he can build the runway to be able to escape an investigation of his own activities,” she said.

    Warren frequently criticizes the president. During her victory speech Tuesday, she said Trump has spent "two years building a wall of anger and division and resentment," and practices "the dark art of ruling by fear."

    She also took questions from students, including one that focused on a controversial video released during her Senate re-election campaign in which she claims her ancestry is part Native American.

    The results of her DNA test were widely criticized by members of the Cherokee Nation.

    “Why is it only recently that you’ve spoken on it and attempted action on that part of your life and your family?” a student asked.

    Warren responded.

    “Well, some of you may know, Donald Trump has attacked myself and my family for a long time now, based on my ancestry,” she said, addressing her ancestry test. “Both of my Senate opponents were doing the same.”

    She also spoke to students about her childhood and upbringing, discussing her mother’s minimum wage job.

    “Someone today could be just like my mother and work twice as hard as my mother worked and would not be able to save a home and not be able to save a family,” Warren said.

    While Warren didn’t make any mention of her future plans in government or talk much about the election, some students told NBC 10 News the midterm election is still front in center in their minds.

    “It’s really encouraging to see how much people care and how much they want to take part in Democracy,” Lianna Patterson Ware, a student said.

    (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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