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‘Eat S***’: Ex-Warren Staffers Blast Reporter Who Didn’t ‘Actively’ Cheerlead For Campaign
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 02: Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) listens to a question from an audience member during the 2020 Gun Safety Forum hosted by gun control activist groups Giffords and March for Our Lives at Enclave on October 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nine Democratic candidates are taking part in the forum to address gun violence one day after the second anniversary of the massacre at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas when a gunman killed 58 people in the deadliest mass shooting in recent U.S. history.
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Looking to unload after a resounding electoral rejection, former campaign staffers for Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have been publicly blasting Alex Thompson, the Politico correspondent tasked with covering Warren’s presidential campaign, for not adequately cheerleading the senator’s presidential run. 

“Some Warren campaign staffers don’t have a good understanding of campaign journalism,” said Thompson in a tweet thread Saturday morning. “Not my job to ‘actively support the candidate that you were assigned.’ It is my job to contact as many [people] as possible rather than just rely on what the campaign wants to give me.”

Thompson then provided screenshots of public tweets he’s received from several former Team Warren staffers, including two ex-staffers telling him to “eat sh*t” albeit one of them used the poop emoji instead of spelling it out. 

“Throw the whole man away,” said one ex-staffer, attaching a Gif of a person being tossed into a dumpster. 

After Thompson sent an open tweet Friday asking for stories from the campaign, another ex-staffer replied with “somebody come get this man,” an online reference that means somebody is out of line. 

Another staffer proceeded to inform Thompson about exactly what she thought went wrong with the campaign. 

“[H]ere’s what went wrong, Alex, and I’ll tell you because I have nothing left to lose: media outlets/reps LIKE YOU chose to drive the narrative by reporting only on the struggles, rather than successes,” said another ex-staffer. “You never had any intention of actively supporting the candidate.”


Kristen Orthman, Warren’s communication director, was forced to issue a public ‘reminder’ tweet about what doesn’t constitute appropriate behavior. 

“I understand being upset. I am too. But inappropriate language toward other campaigns or the press is never what our campaign or [Elizabeth Warren] is about. Let’s keep the fight focused on the issues,” said Orthman. 

Amidst the controversy, Daily Beast editor Sam Stein weighed in on the sudden behavior from former Warren staffers: “I really can’t recall campaign aides deciding collectively to unload so quickly on the press and their primary opponent like Warren aides have today.”

New York Magazine journalist Yashar Ali, who previously worked for Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) when he was mayor of San Francisco, noted an interesting fact about former Warren staffers going off on a reporter. 

“I’ve lost campaigns and been angry but find it interesting that *some* Warren staffers who complain about abusive tweets from Bernie supporters are now tweeting in a similar fashion,” remarked Ali. 

According to Politico, former Vice President Joe Biden told donors on Friday that he was anticipating that some Bernie supporters would run a negative campaign against him, except he referred to them as “Bernie Brothers” instead of the colloquial “Bernie Bros.”

“What we can’t let happen is let this primary become a negative bloodbath,” said Biden, reports the news agency. “I know I’m going to get a lot of suggestions on how to respond to what I suspect will be an increasingly negative campaign that the Bernie brothers will run. But we can’t tear this party apart and re-elect Trump. We have to keep our eyes on the ball, in my view.”