One voter at a town hall with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) in Grinnell, Iowa on Monday was convinced that the U.S. supports genocide in Palestine, Yemen, Venezuela and several other countries through our policies and sanctions. He called it, "U.S.-supported murder."
"Right now the United States is the biggest polluter of any organization in the world," he said, before asking, "As president, will you stop U.S.-supported murder, whether it's through sanctions, arms support, or boots on the ground?"
Sen. Warren did not correct him. In fact she nodded along as he spoke and said she "liked" the way the man phrased his question. The crowd applauded him too.
“So I like your frame on this," Warren said. "You know, here’s how I see this. We want to be a great nation, lead the world, then we need to live our values every single day. That means we don’t support what’s going on in Yemen, the worst man made humanitarian crisis in generations. And yet we continue to support the Saudis as this war goes on and on and on. Children die. People die by the tens of thousands. We need to say no."
Warren praised our troops for making the ultimate sacrifice for our country, but said they should not be fighting in the Middle East. At the same time, she shamed President Trump for withdrawing troops from northern Syria and abandoning our Kurdish allies. What I didn't hear Warren say is that her recently released Medicare For All plan requires a big slash in defense spending. She also supports the impeachment inquiry, which, as GOP leadership noted last week, is wasting precious time when they should be voting on military legislation.
“How can you justify praising the military but then not voting to give them the resources they need to do their job?” Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) asked.
The Iowa Caucus is now only three months away.