As Democrat certainty of impeaching President Donald J. Trump wanes daily, the party remains on the hunt for their perfect 2020 candidate to oust Trump from office and rebound from 2016’s humiliation. In one year, the party base will stand at a pivotal crossroads: they either can embrace fringe ideology or fall back on moderation, a decision that will have long-lasting ramifications for the party’s identity.
Senator Elizabeth Warren (D – Massachusetts) recently confirmed her intention to run,throwing her headdress into what could become history’s most congested ring of Democratic presidential contenders. To kick off her über-early campaign, she appeared in Lawrence, Massachusetts, where female mill-workers staged the historic Textile Strike of 1912. At this strategically selected site, Warren unveiled what most likely will define her 2020 strategy: fainthearted left-wing populism.
Addressing a crowd of her own constituents, Warren likened the struggle of today’s workforce to the plight of these early 20th century women: “Today, millions and millions and millions of American families are also struggling to survive in a system that’s been rigged, rigged by the wealthy and the well-connected,” Warren said. “Like the women of Lawrence, we are here to say, ‘Enough is enough!’”
She continued this class-warfare appeal, lambasting both the president and the Washington establishment at large. The senator boldly condemned Trump’s administration as “the most corrupt in living memory.” She then extended this harsh reproach to her D.C. colleagues. “Government works only for the wealthy and the well-connected,” Warren hectored. “That is corruption, plain and simple.” Comprehensively, this tirade had an overarching theme: the people must call out corruption!
To dissect the utter hypocrisy of Warren’s message, let us first recall the actual definition of the word “corrupt.”
- having or showing a willingness to act dishonestly in return for money or personal gain.
It’s rich that Senator Warren would be so fired up about combating corruption when corruption has defined her career. Was fervent disgust with corruption what prompted her to accept the title of “Harvard Law’s first woman of color”? Was it her absolute commitment to honesty that spurred her formally to notify law school administrators that her family tree included Native Americans? One also must wonder if it were her strict adherence to the truth that fueled her blatant plagiarism of multiple dishes in her contribution to the now infamous Pow Wow Chow: a Collection of Recipes from Families of the Five Civilized Tribes.
Or perhaps it was her apparent, newfound disgust with the political establishment that inspired her to champion Hillary Clinton at rallies from coast to coast, just over two years ago. Warren erupted with praise for the former secretary of state: "She has brains, she has guts, she has a good heart, and that's what America needs. And that's why I'm with her!”
These shameless attempts to bolster Crooked Hillary’s campaign belie any sliver of political integrity that Warren claims to possess. And her discredited, baseless claims of Native American ancestry were a clear ploy for career advancement. Thus, Warren not only supports corruption. She embodies it.
Nonetheless, conservatives should pray that Democratic-primary voters have a collective brain cramp and choose her as their nominee. While this is unlikely, considering the clown car of contenders whom she is bound to face, it would be the outcome most conducive to securing Trump’s re-election. Senator Warren’s populist approach is likely to fall flat in the long run; this route is a beaten, saturated path with Trump and Sanders already occupying both ends of that spectrum.
Furthermore, President Trump has an arsenal of anti-Fauxcahontas rhetoric ready to deploy on command. POTUS clearly is salivating at the opportunity to face her in 2020, as demonstrated by last month’s tweetstorm regarding her cringeworthy beer-swilling livestream: “If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash!”
If Elizabeth Warren, often referred to by me as Pocahontas, did this commercial from Bighorn or Wounded Knee instead of her kitchen, with her husband dressed in full Indian garb, it would have been a smash! pic.twitter.com/D5KWr8EPan— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 14, 2019
This no-holds-barred trolling is a signature Trump move. If he weren’t such an unconventional social-media juggernaut, it likely would have been disregarded. However, if his ability to apply unflattering labels to his rivals in 2016 is any indication, Trump’s negative branding of Warren will stick.
Thus, with maximum underhanded sincerity, I wish Senator Elizabeth Warren the best of luck in 2020.