Senator Elizabeth Warren’s picture is in the dictionary. It’s under H for Hypocrisy.
The millionairess, who claims to be waging war on billionaires by taking selfies for free (you’d have to pay me to take one with her), attacked Buttigieg over his high end fundraisers. Including one that took place in a “wine cave”.
Except that Warren had her own fundraiser in a winery.
They were treated to songs by the Grammy-winning artist Melissa Etheridge and heard remarks from Warren, who was months away from announcing her campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. For the top donors, those who could contribute or raise $5,400 per couple or $2,700 a person, there was a VIP photo reception and premium seating.
For them and others who gave at least $1,000, there was also a gift: a souvenir wine bottle.
Warren claims that this is nothing like Buttigieg’s fundraisers because… look a squirrel.
Her own habits of aggressively fundraising and courting wealthy donors with gold and silver pins bearing her signature are not the issue, because she stopped doing that.
She also made it personal. She bestowed awards on those who were successful at tapping their personal networks to raise money for her. Those who bundled large amounts under $50,000 for her Senate campaign earned a silver pin, while those who brought in more were awarded a gold one engraved with her signature. Her campaign says it’s a practice she discontinued in 2012
And now, she won’t release a list of her bundlers because only today matters.
“You know, for me, this is about the direction we’re trying to take this in,” Warren said.
This is about what we’re doing now and the conflicts that people are creating right now, when they go talk to folks.”
So you can’t call her a hypocrite because only the things she’s doing now matter. And only as long as they’re specifically and directly on behalf of her campaign. She can engage in any kind of fundraising for the DNC.
This is the ethical standard she’s settled on and you can’t challenge it.
It’s the equivalent of mugging somebody, running down the street with their wallet and then declaring, “Grabbing this wallet is off limits as of now.”