There’s a theme emerging in Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s bid for the presidency in 2020, and it has something to do with booze.
Warren’s first order of business after formally announcing her campaign was to crack a beer on Instagram and discuss how “amazing” she is, and all the money she’s raking in from donations.
On Friday, Warren will make her first public appearance since the New Year’s Eve announcement, at a bar in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. at The Gathering Room, which will be open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, KMA reports.
The Gathering Room consists of “a large, sleek granite bar top and a wall of opulent onyx,” and about a dozen tables. It “holds approximately 150 people and has state of the art audio-video, large screen,” according to the website.
The bar is attached to the “Thunderbowl,” a popular bowling alley.
The location and Instagram video are both undoubtedly designed to depict Warren as a working class American and distance the former Harvard professor from persistent allegations she used family lore about Native American ancestry to advance her career.
Warren attempted to dispel the criticism, led by President Trump’s Pocahontas taunts, by revealing results from a DNA test that allegedly proved she’s at least 1/1024th Native American. The test results, however, have only made matters worse.
“Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed,” Trump tweeted after the reveal. “She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, ‘DNA test is useless.’ Even they don’t want her. Phoney!”
Warren’s more recent public comments have focused instead on her upbringing as a child of a janitor from Oklahoma – the kind of folks who like to drink beer and go bowling.
“You know, my daddy ended up as a janitor and here I am talking about running for president of the United States. It’s, um, it’s pretty amazing and it’s pretty exciting,” Warren said in the Instagram video.
The video mimicked popular Instagram videos posted by incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the weeks leading up to her “inauguration.” Ocasio-Cortez, a 29-year-old rising socialist in the Democratic Party, posted videos in December making macaroni and cheese and dancing in her kitchen, while taking questions from followers about the possibility of running for president in the future.
Warren also fielded questions from supporters as she played with her dog, awkwardly swigged a brewski, and repeatedly plugged her website.
Warren — dubbed “Liz Six-Pack” after the awkward beer-drinking incident — derided the cost of higher education, but did not discuss her six figure professor salary at Harvard. Instead, she alleged it’s harder than ever to get ahead in America, and it’s rich folks who deserve the blame.
Thankfully, Warren is standing up for “our values.”
“There’s something really special about closing out the year and saying, ‘I want to start 2019 in this fight,’” Warren told her Instagram followers. “I never thought I would run for politics, any kind of elected office. And to be here and in this fight, because it’s right, it’s a great honor and also it gets me ready to go.”
First stop is the bar on Friday, then Warren will head to events in Sioux City, Storm Lake and Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday.