(But she’s totally not a socialist.)
The Working Families Party, an organization which espouses Democratic Socialism and endorsed Bernie Sanders in 2016, is now throwing its support to Elizabeth Warren for 2020. That’s rather telling.
If you’re not familiar with the Working Families Party, this should help:
WFP Announces First 2020 Endorsements
The Working Families Party is thrilled to announce our first four Congressional endorsements for 2020: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib!
These four members of Congress have courageously stood up for their constituents in the face of poisonous hatred from the right wing. Now they’re not just facing Republicans in 2020, but threats of primary challenges from the corporate Democratic establishment. That’s why we need to come together now to have their backs.
Warren has gone on record multiple times calling herself a capitalist. Why would the Working Families Party support such a candidate?
Chris Mills Rodrigo reports at The Hill:
Working Families Party endorses Warren after backing Sanders in 2016
The Working Families Party (WFP) has endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for the Democratic presidential nomination, the group announced Monday.
“The Working Families Party is proud to announce our endorsement of @ewarren for president in the Democratic primary,” the group tweeted.
The progressive group, which is aligned with unions, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) last campaign cycle, but this time picked Warren amid a push to defeat centrist candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden in the race for the Democratic nomination.
“If our focus is on victory, we can’t be delusional about it,” Maurice Mitchell, the WFP’s national director, told The New York Times.
“You don’t defeat the moderate wing of Democrats through thought pieces or pithy tweets, you defeat their politics through organizing.”
A party spokesperson said Warren received more than 60 percent of the votes on the first ballot of the “tens of thousands” of members.
See their tweet below:
— Working Families Party (@WorkingFamilies) September 16, 2019
Warren’s reaction tweet will make you cringe:
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) September 16, 2019
As you can probably imagine, many Bernie Sanders supporters are not happy about this.
Melissa Locker reports at Fast Company:
Bernie Sanders supporters are mad at Working Families Party over Elizabeth Warren endorsement
The Working Families Party, the progressive political group, endorsed Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts for the Democratic presidential nomination, the New York Times first reported, and the news is riling up supporters of her 2020 rival Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Sanders fans are upset because the WFP was put on the map, so to speak, by its endorsement of Sanders in the 2016 presidential election…
It will be interesting to see in the coming months if WFP’s endorsement will sway other progressive organizations as they make their endorsement choices.
For now, though, Sanders’ supporters are taking to Twitter to announce that they are unfollowing the party, calling the WFP “fools,” and calling the endorsement an “outrage.”
Warren and Sanders occupy the same lane in the 2020 Democratic primary field. Some people seem to think that if one of them drops out, the other will automatically absorb the other’s supporters.
This endorsement shows it might not be that simple.
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