Liberals who realize that Senator Elizabeth Warren may not win the Democrat primary let alone the general election in 2020 have already come up with a scapegoat to blame for her loss: sexism.
While Senator Warren has been steadily declining in national polls, a recent Times/Siena College survey asked swing-state voters who support former Vice President Joe Biden but not Warren why they weren’t willing to vote for the senator. More than half of all poll respondents noted that they considered her to be too far left; however, that’s not the news that is making national headlines. Reporters are instead chalking this up to sexism.
One woman said that Senator Warren is off-putting, cold, and essentially a Hillary Clinton clone. Many others said that the women who are currently running for president really aren’t that likable. Others who don’t oppose Warren’s style or policies were reluctant to support her because they felt that she would be unable to gain enough support in swing states. Wary voters are correct on that score; the Times/Siena College poll found that Warren would likely lose in Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan.
Those who describe the senator as “off-putting” also have a point; as Warren has herself said, she is “angry and owns it.” That approach was won a lot of support among progressive voters who are irate at everything Trump, but there are many voters who don’t want an angry candidate representing them.
Mainstream media talking heads are interpreting the voter response to show that sexism is playing an outsized role in the race. One pundit brought up the 2016 presidential election, alleging that a test showed that Bernie Sanders supporters who didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 were more sexist those who did.
Warren and her supporters are saying that the problem is that “powerful men” are afraid of “powerful women with strong ideas” after Biden criticized Sen. Warren for taking a “my way or the highway” approach to important issues.
Of course, the Massachusetts senator isn’t the only candidate that’s doing this. Senator Kamala Harris is blaming both sexism and racism for her failing campaign. Hillary Clinton, always eager to look for excuses for why she lost in 2016, blamed sexism for her own failed campaign before stating that sexism would hold other women back in the future.
The truth is that there are two main reasons why Sen. Warren is losing support. First of all, her positions are too far left for most voters. Even moderate Democrats don’t want the Green New Deal, new gun control laws, a leftist Supreme Court, and Medicare for All. The second big problem is that Sen. Warren has repeatedly shown herself to be a liar.
Sen. Sanders, for instance, never claimed to be part Native American. Furthermore, to his credit, Sen. Sanders has clearly admitted that taxes on the middle class will go up to support Medicare for All. Sen. Warren, on the other hand, released a totally unrealistic plan for providing government-funded healthcare to everyone in the country. Voters aren’t rejecting Warren out of sexism, they’re rejecting Warren because they don’t trust her.