Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., listens to a question during the question and answer part of her campaign event Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H. (AP Photo/ Cheryl Senter)
It has been said that “a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.” In the case of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), it might be appropriate to change this saying to something like, “a lie can get you pilloried on social media if nobody believes anything you say in the first place.”
Earlier this week, Warren claimed that Sen. Bernie Sanders made a sexist remark during a meeting they had in 2018. According to Warren, Sanders stated that a woman could not be elected president. Members of her campaign helped to spread the accusation.
In yesterday’s Democratic debate in Iowa, CNN’s Abby Phillip, one of the debate’s moderators, pressed Sanders on the allegations, which he has flatly denied on multiple occasions. Nevertheless, the moderator still proceeded as if Sanders was lying.
One would think that in the world of the “woke,” allegations such as this would cause immense harm to Sanders. But in this case, the usual bigotry-baiting tactic seems to have backfired. Why? Because nobody believes her claims. As a result, a tremendous backlash has arisen against Warren, especially on social media.
#RefundWarren and #NeverWarren started trending on Twitter yesterday and as of this writing, #NeverWarren is still in one of the top spots. Those spreading the hashtag are urging those who have contributed to Warren’s campaign to request refunds from ActBlue, the organization processing campaign donations for a number of candidates. Here are only a few of the tweets railing against Warren:
Word of advice to anyone who considers themselves close with @ewarren:
Don't turn your back to her. She might put a knife in it. #RefundWarren
— Dedicated BernieBruh 💪👈 Dunk on #Donuts 👀 (@AndrewFrisbie05) January 15, 2020
And to any former Liz supporters who would like their money back, Act Blue is graciously returning donations as long as you send them an email.
It’s bad when your own staff goes on the record to say Liz made this story up. #RefundWarren 🐍🐍
— 🧛🏻♀️🐰Bunicula🐰🧛🏻♀️ (@BuniculaTv) January 15, 2020
Happy to see #NeverWarren is trending. She alienated a large portion of her base and I don't think she calculated how spectacularly this would backfire on her. Bernie people had #RefundWarren trending and so is #CNNisTrash.
This movement has strength on and offline. Big mistake.
— DovahFem🐉 (@DovahFem) January 15, 2020
Warren lied to Bernie's face on live TV and the man still offered a handshake which she was petty enough to refuse! Even Trump and Hillary shook hands! #CNNisTrash #WarrenIsAsnake #RefundWarren #LyingLiz pic.twitter.com/4tbGTr31Oc
— 🌹Anthony Gonzalez El PaSo Strong 🌹 (@TonyWestside088) January 15, 2020
Even far-left filmmaker Michael Moore jumped into the fray, siding with Sanders:
Elizabeth & Bernie have appeared in my films. I love them both. Why Elizabeth chose to stick a knife in Bernie’s back is beyond me. At a time when job #1 is to remove Trump, how did this help? My new RUMBLE podcast “The Sad Downfall of Elizabeth Warren.” https://t.co/uFwOFNka9U
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) January 15, 2020
Many users posted screenshots showing ActBlue processing refunds of their donations to the senator. Some ActBlue users posted screenshots of emails from the company stating that they were “currently experiencing high volumes.”
To be fair, some claimed the hashtags actually inspired them to donate more funds to her campaign, but it cannot be denied that those criticizing her far outnumber those who are trying to use the hashtags in her favor. It’s not yet clear how many refunds have been processed by ActBlue, but even if this fiasco does not harm her financially, it will certainly damage her politically. The fact that Warren refused to shake Sanders’ hand after the debate was concluded, and even appeared to argue with him isn’t exactly doing her any favors either.
But why would those who claim we should “believe all women” not immediately jump on the opportunity to join Warren in her cries of sexism? The reason is simple. Warren lies like a guy trying to sell you a bridge in New York City.
She lied about her son attending public school. She lied about being fired because she was pregnant. And even worse, she lied about being Native American for decades, until a DNA test revealed that she is whiter than Mitt Romney covered in baby powder. Put simply, if she said the sky is blue, most of us would go outside and double-check.
Moreover, people on both the left and even the right acknowledge that Sanders is honest about his views despite the fact that his proposals are wacky and irrational. This, combined with the fact that he has gone on record on multiple occasions stating that the United States could, and should, have a woman president — someday. Claiming that he made a sexist remark was a deeply flawed strategy that makes one question why anyone on Warren’s team actually thought it was a sound idea. But hey, that’s politics, isn’t it?
Let me know what you think in the comments below!
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