Right Now, I Am Done With the Warren Campaign.

Considering what they’ve decided to do to Bernie, they should be ashamed.

Lauren Martinchek
Jan 13 · 3 min read
Photo via Elizabeth Warren on instagram

I’ve tried so hard to be fair to Elizabeth Warren.

Even at times where I knew I probably shouldn’t have, I did my best to give her the benefit of the doubt and convinced myself that while I may not always agree with her, her heart was in the right place and her intentions were good.

No more.

I happened to glance at my phone on my fifteen minute break today, and imagine my surprise when a CNN alert popped up on my screen with the words:

‘Bernie Sanders told Elizabeth Warren in a private 2018 meeting that a woman can’t win, sources say.’

I don’t know why I was so surprised, in all honesty. Frankly any of the Bernie Sanders supporters that have been there since the early days of his 2015 run can remember understanding from the very beginning that the attacks would come as soon as he gained momentum. Especially considering that he is now in the lead, I knew the attacks would be coming, and that they would be like this.

Maybe what surprised me the most is that it still stung so much. Maybe it was the fact that it came from her, or that the attack was so feckless and lazy.

The further I went in to the article, the more frustrated and angry it made me.

The recollections about this supposed conversation came from four unnamed sources who weren’t even in the room, and who refused to go on the record. There was an outright denial from Bernie Sanders, along with details about what was actually said, and radio silence from the Warren campaign. I don’t know what frustrated me more, the attack, or the fact that an editor from CNN ran with such an obvious smear.

Leading up to the 2016 election, Bernie asked Warren to run. This is a fact backed up by the both of them. He tried to make it happen. He had faith enough in her to ask her to run and be the champion of progressive ideas instead of him. There are clips from 1988 of him saying that he believes a woman could be president. There are clips of him telling third graders that women have as much of a right as men do to run for office, saying that things are changing but not fast enough. And yet, CNN took the first chance it had to sling the mud in search of some that will stick, credibility meaning nothing.

It’s unfortunate to see the route that Warren has taken. Her silence on this speaks louder than her words ever could, and tells me all I need to know about her character and the kind of campaign she is going to be running moving forward. Is this really how she feels about the electorate? Does she really think that this will work, and that the internet won’t catch up with her? Does she really think we won’t stop and consider how she has praised him endlessly up until he actually became a threat? Are we really expected to believe that this wouldn’t have been brought up far sooner in this election cycle if it were true?

So long as she stays silent, I am done with her campaign. I am done giving her the benefit of the doubt, and convincing myself that she has the best interests of the American people at heart. I am done believing that she is different from the rest.

But the silence can only last so long, and that is exactly where the motive lies. Her campaign knows that both of them will be forced to talk about this on the January 14th debate. Three weeks before the Iowa caucus, the conversation will now be about whether Bernie Sanders is a sexist or not. Meanwhile, Australia’s burning and Trump is threatening the social security disability insurance of hundreds of thousands of Americans.

Well done Elizabeth Warren. At least you’ve shed the last bit of disguise you still had, and showed us who you really are. But at the end of the day, I really don’t believe this will hurt Bernie’s campaign. When all is said and done, Warren is the only one this will hurt.

Lauren Martinchek

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Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx

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