As America stands on the brink of Super Tuesday – the day when the Democratic presidential nominee becomes increasingly clear – supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) are wondering why Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) continues to stay in the race despite her failed campaign and the fact that both Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg have dropped out, allowing former Vice President Joe Biden to consolidate support.
Writing at The Washington Post, Aaron Blake simply stated that Bernie Sanders has a big problem on his hands leading up to Super Tuesday, and it goes by the name of Elizabeth Warren.
“Warren doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, and that’s an increasingly big problem for Sanders. That’s because her exit would probably be an even bigger boon to Sanders than the others will be for Biden,” argued Blake. “As The Washington Post’s Philip Bump reported in late January, the most pronounced second-choice shift in the Democratic primary field was Warren supporters going to Sanders. A Quinnipiac University poll at the time showed 35 percent of Warren supporters said Sanders was their second choice. In early February, that stood at 33 percent.”
In short, if Elizabeth Warren is actually the friend to Bernie Sanders that she claims to be, she’d immediately drop out at this very moment and endorse him. On social media, the outcry from Bernie supporters was resolute.
“Can someone who still supports Elizabeth Warren defend the scenario in which she receives a much smaller share of the vote than multiple other candidates and yet walks away with the party nomination? If not, can you explain to me why she shouldn’t drop out today?” tweeted Meagan Day of Jacobin.
“If Bernie Sanders were where Elizabeth Warren is today, there would be deafening calls for him to drop out,” tweeted journalist Walker Bragman.
“Frankly I’m disgusted with Elizabeth Warren right now. Putting this whole election on the line for what???? Drop out and endorse Bernie or be remembered forever as a fraud,” tweeted CAIR’s Elizabeth Katbi Smith.
“Let’s keep it real, Elizabeth Warren doesn’t want to cap off a streak of poor performances in the first 4 contests with a loss in her home state. If she were to drop out and endorse Bernie Sanders, it would be an unstoppable force,” tweeted John Ladarolla of The Young Turks.
Seth Abramson of Newsweek had a different take, arguing that Elizabeth Warren’s persistence will steal the frontrunner status from two old white guys, even though the senator has yet to win a single state. “Sanders and Biden are good men, but they want you to believe this election is a two-man race. It’s not. It’s a race between ELIZABETH WARREN and 3 old white guys—2 of them good men—who look just like every president (except one) we’ve ever had. It’s time for a change,” tweeted Abramson.
Actress Amber Tamblyn agreed with Abramson: “There’s an alternative for the two polar extremes of white men who are still running. There’s an alternative who carries the best of what both have to offer, and leaves what they don’t behind. Someone who can truly unite moderates and progressives. Her name is Elizabeth Warren.”
President Trump bluntly stated the the sudden dropout of Buttigieg and Klobuchar proves only one thing: the DNC is rigging this primary against Bernie Sanders.
They are staging a coup against Bernie!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 2, 2020