Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., had the good sense to another presidential campaign, after her anemic attempt in 2020. However, the 73-year-old lawyer is still running for re-election to the Senate next year.
And not all of her constituents are happy about it.
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Warren held her campaign’s first town hall on Wednesday. At Boston’s Hibernian Hall, Warren reportedly faced jeers from people of all political persuasions — from those losing patience over our nation’s support for Ukraine’s defense to those accusing Congress of ignoring Boston’s Black community.
“You’re a phony,” one heckler yelled, according to WBUR.
“You have a job to do right now,” reparations activist Aziza Robinson-Goodnight reportedly said. “We don’t want to hear the keep-us-poor Democratic rhetoric.”
Oddly enough, Warren seemed to agree with the protesters.
“We’ve come to a community that feels like for a long time they have been systematically undervalued, treated badly, and that’s been true for generations. So there’s a lot of anger about a rigged system,” Warren told reporters, according to Politico.
“That’s why I ran for Senate in the first place. It’s why I’m running for the Senate now. I learn a lot by being here with people.”
During a particularly tense exchange, the senator reportedly relied on vociferous defenses from two fellow Democrats, Mayor Brianna Wu and U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley.
“Understand who we’re dealing with in Washington,” Pressley reportedly told the reparations activist. “I have colleagues who debate for two hours if they can bring their guns to committee hearings.”
Amid all this tension, Warren faced questions about her electability yet again.
One Politico reporter even discussed “rumors that the senator could face a primary challenge.”
“Sen. Ed Markey, after all, was fighting for his political life just three years ago,” the reporter added, referring to Democrat Rep. Joe Kennedy III and his failed attempt to challenge the junior senator from Massachusetts.
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Still, Warren might prove more difficult to beat, as the more senior senator. Since 2010, less than 20 percent of two-term senators have lost their re-election races. In last year’s midterm elections, no incumbent senator lost a race.
Plus, Warren can count on her devoted fanbase. Even amid all the taunts, she still convinced some attendees to chant her name. “This is what democracy looks like,” she reportedly added, repeating a favored slogan of her far-Left base.
“The evening’s message rang clear,” Politico wrote. “Taking on Warren in 2024 means taking on her crew.”
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