Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was roaring one moment and is now reeling if you go by the polling that surrounds the sluggish 2020 Democratic presidential primary race. This rapid change of fortune is in keeping with the total inability of any candidate to muster an individual profile in what has been a year of empty talk. While the declining poll numbers are undoubtedly an unwelcome omen, far more disturbing for Warren’s nomination hopes is yet another display of her habitual disregard for the truth when it comes to ordinary facts about her personal life. The latest self-inflicted gaffe shows her lying to the face of a prospective voter, and it is captured on video. Talk about ending the year on a downward spiral.
Always Spurious Upswing
A Quinnipiac Poll released Nov. 26 shows Warren has plummeted by 14 points in a month. Whereas she had topped this same poll with a highly trumpeted 28% of the vote in October, Warren has suddenly fallen back to 14% in the new survey. The simplest explanation for such volatility is that there was never any genuine substance behind Warren’s overhyped “surge” in the first place. In a race during which the various candidates have been running in place throughout, repeating the same dog-eared progressive talking points for 11 months now, Warren was abruptly catapulted to the top of the pack in October. No plausible reason was given except that the senator had “stayed the course” on her “I got a plan” messaging, and this had steadily propelled her into the lead.
“Several Warren aides who requested anonymity to talk about the campaign’s strategy rejected the notion of any one moment or decision changing her trajectory, saying they see Warren’s rise as a case of slow, steady momentum building around her core message and focus on organization and substance,” The Boston Globe wrote of her ballyhooed ascension on Nov. 2.
If these staffers’ views were accurate, a campaign that had incrementally built up such a strong base of support over the course of several months would not see it sliced in half in a couple of weeks. But perhaps more tellingly, the campaign is acknowledging that there has been no compelling or catalyzing moment on which Warren can hang her hat, since announcing her candidacy in early February.
The sad truth for Team Warren is that all of the buzzworthy and defining occasions surrounding her run up to now have only showcased what is clearly the senator’s Achilles’ heel: her inexplicable inability to be fundamentally honest about routine events in her own life. The most recent example is a whopper.
On Nov. 22, Warren was caught on camera directly lying to a charter school advocate in Georgia about her children’s education. Sarah Carpenter told Warren, “I read that your children went to private schools.” The senator replied, “No, my children went to public schools.”
Elizabeth Warren is caught on camera lying about where she sent her kids to school
Woman: "I read that your children went to private schools"
Warren: "No my children went to public schools"pic.twitter.com/tLOV0zgK9y
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) November 22, 2019
This falsehood can be so easily exposed as untrue, something you would think a twice-elected United States senator would realize. In fact, her son Alex attended expensive private schools in Texas and Pennsylvania while Warren served as a college professor in the 1980s and early 1990s.
A Tale of Experienced Oppression
The horrible optics of a white progressive Massachusetts senator looking at and lying to a black woman about sending her children to public schools will surely prove damaging in a party obsessed with race and identity politics. It is no coincidence that Warren’s prominent deceptions about her personal record involve her attempting to carve out a lived theme of experienced oppression or shared ties with groups she is eager to label as “victims.” Her disastrous false claim to a Native American heritage should have dissuaded her from following this path, but it manifestly has not. Warren has proceeded to spin fanciful yarns about her parents having to elope due to racial prejudice by her grandparents and of her losing her job as a young schoolteacher for getting pregnant.
Much like noted fabulist Joe Biden, Warren feels some kind of deep-seated need to live up to woke fantasies in her own life and will not let matters like reality and commonplace facts get in her way. These repeated unnecessary lies only create easily avoidable self-inflicted wounds and point to a pattern of behavior that will cause far more damage politically moving forward. Elizabeth Warren seems unable to refrain from telling untruths about her personal life. This makes it inevitable that there will be more gaffes to come for a candidate who has had far too many before a single vote has even been cast.
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