You level four accusations at Ms. Warren; I do not consider any of them substantial. Let’s go through them:
- Her refusal to participate in the Standing Rock demonstrations. But neither did Mr. Sanders, or any other major Democratic politician, for that matter. You misleadingly suggest that Ms. Warren’s claim to Native American ancestry was opportunistic. The claim misrepresents the facts. Ms. Warren had only mentioned that tale askance in nonpolitical conversations. She didn’t enter politics until 2011 and was attacked by conservatives for using her ancestry to gain promotion — an accusation that was totally false. Mr. Trump accused her of lying about it. Ms. Warren has never used her ancestry claim to advance her political career; on the contrary, she has been on the defensive about it from the beginning. Going to Standing Rock would only have worsened her position.
- She did not endorse Mr. Sanders over Ms. Clinton. The truth is that Ms. Warren remained studiously neutral during the primaries, refusing to endorse either Ms. Clinton or Mr. Sanders. She did express approval of Mr. Sanders, and she did not endorse Ms. Clinton until after she had the nomination locked up. Your accusation is unfair.
- “She’s more than willing to capitalize off of someone else’s political clout, but incredibly shy about sharing any of hers.” That’s just plain bullshit. She campaigned with Ms. Clinton in 2016 after Ms. Clinton was nominated. Mr. Sanders is even worse than Ms. Warren on this point. He too is seeking Ms. Ocasio Cortez’s endorsement; if he can do it, why can’t she? Moreover, Ms. Warren was quick to endorse Ms. Clinton in 2016 when her nomination became assured; Mr. Sanders pointedly refused to endorse her until the convention.
- “she voted in favor of Trump’s overwhelmingly bloated military budget”. I am unable to find any references to this on the Internet. The most recent vote recorded on the Senate website is a supplementary appropriations bill on May 23rd that provided money for disaster relief. Can you provide a citation for this? I’ll add that, in the last Congress, she and Mr. Sanders voted the same way 93% of the time; the differences between the two candidates are small.
- You criticize her for accepting donations from big donors. I don’t know where you got that notion. A quick search revealed a number of articles showing that she’s refusing a number of standard campaign financing schemes: this and this. Her website states “Elizabeth Warren doesn’t accept contributions from PACs of any kind or federally registered lobbyists.” Could you provide specificis on your accusation?
I’m still torn over the candidates. If I had to vote today, I’d vote for Ms. Warren, but I want more time to evaluate Mr. Biden and Mr. Sanders. These three candidates are at the top of my list. Perhaps I should write a story presenting the questions I have about each candidate.