While nearly every politician throughout history has had a malleable relationship with objective truth to some extent, none has managed to wiggle around the truth as often as Elizabeth Warren.
This is a woman who early on made her career by misleading employers about her ethnic background, filling a paid position that would have otherwise went to an actual minority. The fact that she would later further capitalize on her fraudulent claims to Native American ancestry for political gain should already have disqualified her from getting as far as she has in the Democratic primaries.
But this is Elizabeth Warren we’re talking about, and with her quirky grandma-next-door persona she’s been able to skirt political landmines that would’ve ended anyone else’s career. Essentially, she’s been given a free pass.
However, that might all change after her recent departure from reality. Warren decided to smear one of her most formidable political opponents with a lie that insults the average person’s intelligence so much that it’s hard to ignore.
In a recent statement, Warren claimed Bernie Sanders made some rather eyebrow-raising comments to her in a conversation during a private meeting between the two candidates in 2018.
“Among the topics that came up was what would happen if Democrats nominated a female candidate,” Warren said, “I thought a woman could win; he disagreed.”
You read that right. Warren accused Bernie Sanders, the most liberally progressive candidate in the country, of sexism. Sanders, a senator with over thirty decades of political experience and a track record that backs up his equality-driven rhetoric. Sanders, one of the most fervent supporters of young female members of Congress such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Some can disagree with his politics, and many may disagree with his socialist policies, but nobody can legitimately claim the man is a misogynist.
While Bernie Sanders is vehemently denying the claim, describing it as “ludicrous”, many Twitter users have also been quick to point out an actual quote from Sanders in 1988 where he said, “In my view a woman could be elected president of the United States.”
The Washington Post reported that someone with real knowledge of the conversation said that “Warren brought up the issue of whether a woman could win, and that Sanders never said a woman couldn’t win but rather that Trump would use nefarious tactics against the Democratic nominee.”
Indeed, Trump has already used tactics against Warren, although it’s debatable how nefarious they were as her past deceptions easily provided enough fodder on a silver platter for him to use without having to resort to nefarious tactics.
While this isn’t the first time Warren’s campaign has smudged the truth, like many of the misleading statements and outright untruths out of her camp, it is more hurtful than your average political smear. Particularly because it comes from someone who claims to be an ally and a friend.
It distorts the heart of someone’s character who has worked tirelessly for years to be the opposite that the lie represents. It’s an unnerving betrayal, even for progressives who have gotten used to being betrayed.