Every year in May, colleges pour forth a steady stream of new graduates -- bright-eyed, bushy-tailed 20somethings ready to take on the world.
And every year at all those institutions of higher learning, speakers are hired to deliver an upbeat message to the graduates, often spiced with a little warning about the hard work ahead, but always with an optimistic eye to the future that lies ahead for each young person there.
At least, that's the idea. But Sen. Elizabeth Warren couldn't help herself -- she even said so.
“I’m trying to keep this apolitical but I can’t help myself … 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 said, according to The Hill.
Warren was invited to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to give the spring commencement address. Instead, she gave what amounted to a stump speech, castigated President Trump and mocked senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway for using the phrase "alternative facts."
"Go online and read the facts, not the alternative facts the real facts. I have to say I had never thought we would need a modifier for facts," Warren said.
The president's senior advisor injected the phrase into the national vocabulary after using it in an NBC interview to defend White House press secretary Sean Spicer's claim that Trump had the "largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period."
The Democratic senator also knocked Trump while referencing the "Elizabeth Warren commencement speech drinking game," quipping that "fireball is a nickname Donald Trump uses on Twitter, not a beverage to be consumed by distinguished college graduates."
Trump wasn't the only Republican figure that Warren targeted during her speech, going after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
Noting her recommendation that graduates study policy wouldn't make her "Ms. Popularity," she added: "I think as long as Mitch McConnell is running the Senate that's out of reach for me."
It's unclear how Warren helped prepare the graduating class for life in the real world. But perhaps they should take a page from her book: Simply check the box for "Native American" when applying for a job and they're sure to land it!