Elizabeth Warren drops out of the primary, hasn’t decided who to endorse

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After months of erasure, Senator Elizabeth Warren suddenly became big news this week. She only became big news because everyone knew she was going to drop out, and the question of “which ancient dude will she endorse?” It just… sucks. Elizabeth Warren had concrete plans. She was a competent, brilliant woman who could explain almost everything. She was able to take down Michael Bloomberg in a matter of minutes. She would have been stunning in a debate against Donald Trump. But no one gave her the time of day. It started with the media – none of the pundits ever acted like Warren had a chance at the nomination, and it became a self-fulfilling prophecy. I blame the voters too – regular people were scared to vote for a woman, scared that OTHER people wouldn’t vote for a woman and that it would be Hillary Clinton all over.

On Thursday, Sen. Warren dropped out of the race. She announced it to her people and then made a speech by her home in Massachusetts. She did not endorse anyone as she dropped out, which I think is completely fair and justified. I voted for her in the Virginia primary for many reasons – one, I thought she was the most qualified candidate and she was the person I most wanted to see as president. Two, I knew that she was not going to end up as the nominee, but I wanted her to have enough votes to ensure that she had her own constituency, and that her endorsement would f–king mean something. She says she needs time to consider who she’ll endorse, if she endorses anyone. Give her time.

As she dropped out, Warren’s supporters, friends and coworkers posted #ThankYouElizabeth tweets, many of which were beautiful tributes to the work of this extraordinary woman. Then Sen. Warren’s beloved dog Bailey ate his feelings when he grabbed a staffer’s burrito. LET BAILEY HAVE ALL THE BURRITOS.

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  1. Belli says:

    Disappointed from an ocean away. She was the most qualified, she ran a brilliant campaign and it would have been wonderful to see her take on Trump.

    If she had been a man, she’d have taken it easily.

    • Sojaschnitzel says:

      This is terribly sad news. I am slightly devastated too, also from an ocean away. I would have voted for her, given a chance. I .. don’t have words for how hard america is failing.. and setting the rest of the world up for disaster aswell. Sorry dear american readers and writers on this lovely site. Please don’t take it personal. I love y’all but the majority of your citizens are really something.

    • Nancito says:

      @Belli and @Sojaschnitzel – cosigning – I’m not even American and I can’t believe that Great-Grandpa Joe and Cranky Bernie did better than Warren at the primaries. Is everyone stoned over there?

  2. Call_me_al says:

    Thank you, Elizabeth. I can’t believe it’s still like this in 2020. You were the best candidate and were ignored. But not by all. You earned my vote and my support. Keep fighting the good fight in the Senate.

  3. Becks1 says:

    I’m so disappointed and sad.

    I loved Warren, but I’m not sad JUST because she dropped out. It’s just the culmination of the whole thing – we started out with such an incredibly diverse field – Harris, Castro, Booker, Klobuchar, Buttigieg – and here we are, with two old white men.

    • Jess says:

      Becks1, I feel the same way. Warren was my favorite but I’m also sad that I’m 2020 we’re down to three old white men – none of whom would have made it this far if they were women or people of color.

    • Esmom says:

      Yes. She was far and away my favorite but I remember years ago when the Pochahontas nonsense started up thinking that the right was trying to make her Hillary 2.0 in an effort to keep her down.

      I literally tossed and turned last night lamenting how we ended up with Bernie and Biden and wondering how tf we are going to survive these next few months and the election. Heavy sigh.

    • Erinn says:

      100% with you. I wanted Warren so badly. I know I don’t have any ‘real’ say in this as I’m Canadian… but man. I am bummed out so bad.

      And like you said, it’s not just about her dropping out. She was the last holdout of any real diversity. So it’s grieving that she’s gone, but also realizing that we’re back at square one.

      I’m starting to get really worried for the House. There was no ‘perfect’ candidate because we’re all humans, but there were some pretty great ones.

    • bonobochick says:

      Exactly, Becks1.

      It is so frustrating too. I blame sexism but I also blame the media as they ignored or undermined women and/or candidates of color from jump.

    • FHMom says:

      I am, too. I really wanted to self-medicate yesterday. The only thing that calmed me were the analysts saying she was still holding some cards in this election. She worked so hard and I feel awful for all her supporters, too.

    • What. . .now? says:

      This. +10000

    • Rashida says:

      Yes. Gabbard is still running. She had qualified for the next debate and then the DNC changed the rules ‘again’ to keep her out. And yet they unironically complain about other people interfering with elections. We’re living in cuckoo clock.

    • lucy2 says:

      I feel the same. I looked at that field when everyone had announced and was really excited to see that it was diverse in many ways. I wish I could say I can’t believe we’re down to these 2, but I can.
      I’m sad about Warren. I feel like she would have been a great president, I was inspired by her energy and determination, and I felt like she was in it for the right reasons.

  4. KBeth says:

    Incredibly disappointing but not surprising. I voted for her in the primary, hoping against hope.
    Very curious to see who she’ll endorse, tough choice for her I imagine.

  5. Silver Charm says:

    Still feel the same as I did a year ago; Bernie and Biden had no business running. Their times passed and they had their shots. Both should’ve stayed out and endorsed Warren and Harris, respectively. It makes me so sad and angry that those two old bozos felt entitled to a job they can’t fulfill 2 terms and we lost the most talented and diverse field this country has ever seen.

    • Mac says:

      I agree. So many good candidates never got their shot because the media was focused on Biden and Sanders.

    • Esmom says:

      Agreed. I was talking about this in a group chat with my friends yesterday. I remember being so disappointed when Biden finally joined the race — it had seemed for a while that he might stay out. And one of my friends said she swears Bernie said in 2016 that he wouldn’t run in 2020. It’s really upsetting and just such an effing shame.

  6. pineapple says:

    Disappointed from up here in Canada. As the previous person stated, “If she had been a man, she’d have taken it easily.”

    Mind like a steel trap that one. XO

    Now I hope you all rally behind Biden. We had to do the same up here two elections ago.

    • Erinn says:

      We might be rallying ourselves again in the fall, unfortunately. Not sure how much it’s based in reality vs scare tactics, but I had gotten an email last week talking about how the c’s want a no-confidence vote.

      We need a break from elections.

  7. Lightpurple says:

    Dream Big
    Fight Hard
    Thank You, Elizabeth
    We will persist
    Elizabeth Warren for Senate Majority Leader 2021

  8. Scollins says:

    Disappointing but I listened in on her call to supporters and she was still inspiring. I’ll never regret my time and money campaigning and now will fight for Biden.

  9. Bella says:

    Even from here in Britain, this news breaks my heart. I read EW’s essay analysing the US economy, and how she planned to fix it – it was a work of brilliance and if Biden gets the presidency he HAS to put Warren in a position befitting her talents. My despair is not solely because I support her policies. It’s because yet again, the cleverest, most qualified, most authentically motivated candidate is knocked out essentially for being a woman. Sad, sad times.

  10. Diana says:

    Again…I pray that she does not endorse Bernie. I do not trust him as far as I can throw him. The talk of him being a lifetime politician who has gotten very little done because of a “my way or the highway” attitude does not bode well for us. We need to stop the bleeding!

    I’m very depressed that the best, most qualified person received so little votes. She’s a killer and now we all lose out. Mad, sad and disappointed as hell. Like what is wrong with us????

  11. Momof2rats says:

    So have you forgotten she pretended to be a Native American for decades? Complete cultural appropriation. Why would anyone support this woman? If a Republican did the same they would be burned at the stake.

    • Sass says:

      Oh please lol. You’re absurd

      • User101 says:

        It amazes me that some people on this site claim to support all women, but then attack anyone who has a different opinion.

        I have lived in MA all my life and was a dedicated democrat until switching to independent a few years back, I do not like Elizabeth Warren. And Massachusetts is very progressive – so the fact that even women here did not vote for her says something about her as a candidate.

        While she did win her senate seat, her voting record among democrats was troubling even then, should have been higher, considering how far to the left MA has gone.

      • Lightpurple says:

        She has won her Senate seat TWICE. This MA resident voted for her to serve me in the Senate twice. I voted for her Tuesday. As did several other MA women named Maura Healey, Ayanna Pressley, and Katherine Clark. I’m proud Elizabeth Warren represents me in the US Senate.

      • Veronica S. says:

        People voted out of fear of a 2016 repeat. Her Senate record was irrelevant to most people, as it often is with candidates. It’s crazy to me that anyone would argue otherwise at this point when you start with out with a field of candidates that diverse, most of whom had years of experience and accomplishment to show for it, and still wind up with white-passing men as your final choices. I called it in 2016 that it would come down to Sanders and a white dude precisely because of what happened with Hillary. The stakes are too high for most people to feel comfortable voting for somebody held back by race, sex, gender, LGBT+ status, etc. The reality is that America really is that racist, really is that sexist, and the voting choices going into primary are a tacit acknowledgement of what we’ve all had to face for the last four years.

      • Sass says:

        @user101 ok you go ahead being passive aggressive. I don’t care if someone doesn’t want to vote for Warren but the whataboutism BS about a topic they’re obviously misinformed on is ABSURD. So next time you wanna try shaming someone for dismissing a willfully ignorant fool why not name names like a grown a s s woman?

    • Murphy says:

      Donald Trump has been pretending to be a Republican all this time.

    • Heather H says:

      This bothered me very much as well and why I would have voted for Klobuchar in the primary. Sadly I did a mail in ballot and I don’t think I can change my vote for someone else for the AZ primary

  12. Flamingo says:

    I was so hoping that she would be able to stick it out at least until I could vote for her. She is the total package.

  13. TheOtherSarah says:

    Oh, Lizzie wasn’t that good of a candidate. After all, she is a cop, am I right? Oh sorry, that was Kamala! But she had emails, and she didn’t go to Winsconsin. Oh no, that was Hillary, my bad.
    There’s just always something with these pesky female candidates. I wonder what that is?

    • Rashida says:

      Name one candidate who hasn’t been criticised for something.

    • JanetDR says:

      TheOtherSarah: I don’t know…lady parts?! lol I really thought she was going to do it and am horribly disappointed. I am so ready for a prez I can be proud of again….

  14. Anilehcim says:

    Another lame election. WTF is going on, America? How is this the best that we can do? Just hard to believe we can’t seem to hold onto decent candidates. Bernie Sanders’ ego campaign has done a lot more harm than good to the party for TWO elections now. Let’s face the facts that Bernie Sanders would be a lame duck president for at least one term because the party doesn’t even support his agenda anyway, so nothing that he claims he’s going to do would ever even get passed. As a Washington insider, he 100% knows this, so why the fuck is he wasting his and everyone else’s time? I feel like a lot of Bernie Sanders’ supporters are young people who do not know how the political system works and erroneously believe that the office of the president is the most powerful. They seem to think that the president gets voted in and gets carte blanche to pass his/her agenda. That is NOT how it works. Part of responsible voting is choosing the most realistic candidate; in a perfect world a lot of Sanders’ ideas would actually float, but we need to ask ourselves if it is at all even remotely realistic. The reality is that it isn’t. Backing someone who doesn’t stand a chance in hell at being effective and productive is a waste for everyone. It’s disheartening that so many Americans don’t even know how the system works at all and it’s a big part of the problem with politics today.

    I’m just not here for Mr. Fairytale and his massive ego who knows damn well he won’t be able to get a thing done if he could even manage to win in the first place and he has done nothing but create a massive divide within the party. Not at this important time in history. Bernie Sanders is the Trump of the left. His supporters mostly suck and are terrible. I know a few Bernie bros who are avowing to either vote for Trump or not vote at all. He stokes the fires and riles up his supporters by bashing his opponents and then comes out with some weak statement telling them to stop. If that’s his idea of a revolution, I’ll pass!

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    • Diana says:

      Annilehcim for president!!!! Right on!!!! 🙌🙌🙌🙌

    • ReginaGeorge says:

      “I feel like a lot of Bernie Sanders’ supporters are young people who do not know how the political system works and erroneously believe that the office of the president is the most powerful.”

      The same thing happened with Obama, although we got the right guy in that time, those same type of clueless young people who came out in droves to vote for Obama then stayed home and forgot to vote for his backup during the midterms for Congressional seats and then the republicans got the majority. Obama had a hell of a time trying to pass anything because Moscow Mitch and Co made his presidency hell. I wish more people understood that the president is only as strong as the House and Senate behind him. Not everything can be done through executive order.

  15. Andrew’s Nemesis says:

    Heartbreak here across the Pond. Harris, Warren – all the good ones gone, and only those in the heart attack zone remain. The Guardian wrote a very good article on America’s bulletproof glass ceiling today – well worth a read.

  16. Other Renee says:

    So I asked my daughter who she planned to vote for and she said “I want to vote for someone who can actually win,” and I said, “Vote your conscience.” She said, “You’re right!” and that she would vote for Warren.

    How many people didn’t vote for her because they thought she wouldn’t win anyway? It makes me so incredibly sad. In a country with so much diversity, we are stuck with the white geriatric brothers. How lame.

  17. MellyMel says:

    I’m so sad I didn’t even get the chance to vote for her since my primary isn’t for another week and a half. I was really looking forward to a female president, but my two choices, Kamala and Liz have now dropped out and it’s completely frustrating. I really did not want another old white dude with a giant ego winning this election. I also hope Elizabeth doesn’t endorse anyone publicly.

  18. LP says:

    I’m REALLY torn; Bernie and his messiah cult like following are a turn off for me in a lot of ways, but I’m a progressive and want a progressive president. Any progressive needs congress and SCOTUS to get things passed and enacted, which I’m not sure Bernie can do, but Biden isn’t interested in even trying universal healthcare, student loan forgiveness, etc, to my knowledge. I’m probably going to vote Bernie in my primary but I’m not happy about it 😢

    • Betsy says:

      Bernie will never win the general, not ever in a million. It sounds like crazy pills, but the most progressive candidate because of the above fact is Biden. I am not “ridin’ with Biden,” but the Democratic obsession with purity is why things suck. Least worst option.

    • Amy Too says:

      Me too, LP. I want to vote very liberal and progressive and send the message that people actually do want universal healthcare, free tuition, student loan forgiveness, etc. Because we NEED these things desperately. I don’t want things to “go back to normal.” Normal wasn’t good for lots of poor, LGBTQ, POC, immigrant, and women citizens. But Bernie is so divisive, and old/frail, and I just don’t like him. At all. I feel like he’s very Trump-ish and the political “norms” would be shattered forever with more division than ever before.

      I feel like Biden is more palatable personality-wise and that he’s less controversial, and more “presidential.” but I don’t trust him to not compromise on important things or to really fight for the things that are important to me. Biden just seems like the type of guy who would be having dinner and drinks with Republicans, and in an attempt to people-please and make sure everyone was getting along, he would agree to more restrictions on abortion or deciding that women’s reproductive health care didn’t need to be covered by insurance. And he wouldn’t get why that was wrong or bad until we explained it to him. Again We’d all have to remind him and sit him down and talk to him and then he’d come around and realize he made a mistake. But he just seems like he would have to be constantly reminded of our values and we’d have to keep a very close eye on him and what he says because he’s easily swayed into a compromising position by whoever spoke to him last. I feel like there would be constant gaffes and upsetting the base, and many apologies and “I shouldn’t have said that”s and having to walk things back.

  19. Murphy says:

    She’s not going anywhere. 4 years from now all three of those old white men will be out of the running.

    • lucy2 says:

      I’m holding out a little hope in the back of my mind that should we (please GOD) take back the White House, they do one term and then the field’s open and she runs again. But I will fully understand if she chooses not to.

  20. Mumbles says:

    She is smart, feisty, passionate, and funny. Her priorities are spot-on. And she did it all on her own. She didn’t have to marry a president for relevance.

  21. TIFFANY says:

    My Warren swag arrived and I had the sniffles and then I watched the Rachel Maddow interview and all of a sudden there was rain on my face.

    I am sadden that this happen AGAIN !!!!

  22. What. . .now? says:

    This just sucks. This is why we can’t have nice things.

  23. Faithmobile says:

    I voted for her in the California primary on Tuesday even though It was already clear that it was a two person race. It will be very interesting to see whom she endorses.

  24. Jumpingthesnark says:

    I early voted for her and have the sads. I saw a tweet that said something to the effect of “I’ll vote for which ever of the white man gets a democrat nomination, but I will always be an Elizabeth Warren Democrat”. True words!!!

  25. Sandy Eggo says:

    Does anyone else remember in 2016, when so many people were saying “Warren should run, I’d vote for her, she’s so much better than Hillary”? Yeah, that didn’t work out. I dunno why I ever have hope that things will be different this time. We started out with such a diverse group of excellent candidates and now we’re down to the problematic old white guys again. The best to hope for at this point is Biden gets the nom and picks a good VP like Harris or Abrams.

  26. CuriousCole says:

    I’m never going to get over this. I was so excited Warren was running, I couldn’t wait to vote for her. I truly thought the country would rally around her and her amazing plans. I have no idea which old white guy to vote for in April. I should be in the clouds with happiness this week because my boyfriend and I are finally looking at rings but I’ve felt depressed since Warren dropped out. How the hell did we get here??

  27. Betsy says:

    This was just sad.

  28. Rashida says:

    At least there’ll only be two people on the debate stage now. So we might actually get to hear some detailed debate. Rather than just ‘kill shots’ and platitudes.

  29. Chloe says:

    I’m just so sad over this. I’m also a little bit angry at my Bernie friends who at first were screaming about how she was progressive enough and now are screaming that she hasn’t endorsed Bernie fast enough. Like, have a seat, sh*theads. Some of us are thoughtful and want to take a minute to gather our thoughts. This is literally what it means to be a woman. You either have to drop out and endorse the man within hours or play by the male candidate’s rules or else risk getting snake emojis and then if you drop out, you better endorse that male or else get doxxed by his crazy ass supporters.

    Progressive Bernie Bros – If you’re truly feminists, then give the woman a day or so to gather her thoughts after throwing her heart and soul into a campaign to make American lives better in addition to beating Donald Trump. Screaming at her and pressuring her is not being an ally.

  30. Bex says:

    She was the most intelligent and prepared in the field by a mile and her plans would’ve changed America. What a massive waste of the best opportunity we could’ve taken.