(Tea Party PAC) – Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren had a really hard time when asked to name prominent black Americans who have influenced her politically, or others that she’d appoint to her cabinet.
As if you needed any more proof that this lady is like the whitest chick ever.
In not one, but two different podcast interviews about influential black leaders and how she would champion racial justice, struggling each times to answer what you’d think would be a simple question.
“Who are the black people, the black leaders, the folks who have contributed to your understanding of politics, of advocacy, of why you’re here sitting with me right now, and why you’re out in the world right now championing the causes you’re championing?” host Rashad Robinson of the “Voting While Black” podcast asked Warren on Tuesday.
Warren fell back on an easy answer, referencing Congressman Elijah Cummings who passed away last month after complications with a longstanding health problem.
“Elijah taught me a long time ago that you fight from the heart, and you fight from the heart for what you believe in,” Warren replied, adding that Cummings inspired her “when I first started arguing for the consumer agency.”
Interestingly enough, it seems that Cummings didn’t influence Warren much earlier than 2007, and she was unable to name any other black leader who may have influenced her political views.
She was also asked to point to “a moment, an issue, a policy where you were able to champion racial justice, to make racial justice real?”
Warren described at length her creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, “an office on discrimination.”
Later, CNN commentator Angela Rye spoke with Warren at North Carolina A&T University on Thursday, where she began with some “icebreakers” before asking her to name three black cabinet members she’d appoint.
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“When you think about the makeup of your cabinet, what three African Americans do you feel like you have to have in your cabinet?” she asked.
“Ooh, you know, there’s a little danger in this answer because some of those folks are running for president, and may not want to be hearing themselves mentioned as cabinet members,” Warren said.
“Plus, dang, there’s some good people, and some of them are in Congress and may not want to hear that somebody’s got … Is that okay?” she added.
“The congresswoman is saying you don’t have to call my name,” Rye said.
“But what it is, it’s about having people who are fighters,” Warren went on, still not actually naming anyone.
“It’s about having people who are in the fight and want to be in the fight and are going to stay in the fight. For me it’s about building a cabinet that’s about people who share the same vision, and who don’t just share vision, you don’t just see the big idea, but who have a real commitment to get out there and fight for it, that’s what I want. I want fighters in my cabinet,” Warren said, again still failing to actually name anyone.
“Three names?” Rye pressed.
“Oh, you’re making me cut off all the politicians,” Warren responded, although Rye hadn’t actually said this.
“But if I can talk about people who aren’t politicians, I’d talk about my former governor Deval Patrick, who is a pretty terrific guy,” Warren said.
“I’d talk about some of the people I’ve met who are presidents of HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities),” Warren said, adding “especially those who are deeply engaged in education.”
“And I’m trying to think, because I’m trying to stay outside the current Washington part, where’s the best place to go for cabinet members?” Warren continued.
Yup, still no names.
“You know, it’s, it’s to have people who are in the fight,” she finally said, falling back on her previous narrative.
“People like Melody Barnes, my friend of more than 20 years, who has been in this fight from the very beginning, who under President Obama was, did, was domestic policy advisor. Someone like Melody, who may not be as well known to this crowd, but who is out there fighting everyday for money for higher education, money for public schools, so that would be somebody I’d love to have in a cabinet,” Warren said.
That’s right, after all that gabbing she finally managed to come up with just one name.