Warren’s Centrism is Painted as the Picture of Progress

Positioning Warren and Sanders in the same progressive category neglects the rich history Sanders has as an advocate for justice and equality.

Noor Almaslamani, Contributing Writer

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On January 13, 2020 Elizabeth Warren accused Bernie Sanders of underestimating her capabilities to win the presidency because of her gender. Warren told the media that in 2018 while she was having a private meeting with Sanders, she laid out her strategy and plan to beat Donald Trump. Sanders, in response, allegedly told her that a woman could not win the election.

The media has no quotes of Bernie Sanders saying that a woman cannot win the presidency because Warren did not provide them with sincere evidence. Sanders’ history in Congress shows that he has been one of the few male-identifying senators who supported a woman running for the presidency. There are videos of Sanders talking about the importance of women having equal opportunities and outcomes as men in the United States. Sanders has always run his seat for Congress as an independent candidate because he believes that the Democratic Party needs to move more to the left of the political spectrum. This shows that there is a very limited chance, if any, that people will believe Warren’s accusations and dismiss Sanders.

In a statement to CNN, Sanders denied the accusations stating that “it is ludicrous to believe that at the same meeting where Elizabeth Warren told me she was going to run for president, I would tell her that a woman couldn’t win. It’s sad that, three weeks before the Iowa caucus and a year after that private conversation, staff who weren’t in the room are lying about what happened. What I did say that night was that Donald Trump is a sexist, a racist and a liar who would weaponize whatever he could. Do I believe a woman can win in 2020? Of course! After all, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump by 3 million votes in 2016.”

To be clear and concise, no one was in that room and no one knows what happened and what was said. There are also no quotes from Warren about Sanders’ accusation until this moment. In addition to that, Warren released this information two weeks into 2020, although the meeting took place in 2018 because Sanders was at his highest peak in terms of voters’ support. It was at a time when Sanders was leading in many states around the country, including Iowa.

Elizabeth Warren is a capitalist who only joined the Democratic Party twenty-three years ago. She did not join the party because she changed her opinions regarding politics and economics and decided to move to the left on the political spectrum; the Democratic Party moved further to the center on the political spectrum and allowed Warren to join the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party was for the workers and against corporations. Today we see candidates from both parties get funding from big corporations on Wall Street, the heart of capitalism, injustice, and inequality.

Something else worth noting is that Warren has a history of lying and narrating different stories on national TV about the reasons she left teaching. Additionally, Warren lied about her origins and caused a huge controversy after stating that part of her DNA testing showed that she is Native American. Moreover, Warren takes corporate PAC money from Kaiser, a famous healthcare company that profits off of opioid addiction. Playing the gender card and the “we should defeat Donald Trump” to win the presidency is not the right strategy, the right strategy is to release a robust platform that will vividly explain the different plans that have been talked about.

In short, Warren is not a progressive and should not be labeled as one. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders are not the same; Sanders is a hard-core advocate for justice, while Warren is all about the chair in the Oval office.