I appreciate an impassioned politician as much as the next person, but doesn’t Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren seem just a little too strident? Her incessant beating of what is essentially a dead horse (the 2016 election) seems fishy.
As the saying goes, follow the money.
In a revelation that should surprise absolutely no one, Warren’s highly dramatic show of being silenced on the Senate floor on Tuesday night curiously coincided with the announcement of the release of her new book.
And what came less than three hours later? A fundraising push! Why is Elizabeth Warren fundraising? you might ask. Make no mistake — the liberal senator is already campaigning for the 2020 presidential election.
Warren had already made known her strong opposition to the appointment of the Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., for attorney general. Her dog-and-pony show on Tuesday was superfluous and seems suspiciously timed to leverage publicity for her new book and solicit donations. Here’s the timeline, according to The Daily Caller:
3:09 p.m.: Publisher Henry Holt announced the book release date of April 18.
4:40 p.m.: Warren’s Facebook page published a link to pre-order the book.
6:57 p.m.: Warren took to the floor of the Senate, beginning a long tirade against Sessions.
7:16 p.m.: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R.-Ky., invoked Senate Rule 19, which says that senators may not “directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another senator or to other senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator.”
9:49 p.m.: Warren called into Rachel Maddow’s MSNBC show to discuss the incident.
Around 11:00 p.m.: Warren sent a blanket email soliciting donations from supporters. MoveOn members contributed $250,000 in about 12 hours, according to CNN.
11:06 p.m.: Warren appeared in a phone interview with CNN’s Don Lemon to discuss the incident.
Does this all seem a little too tidy to you? Scripted, even?
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., supported the decision to invoke Rule 19, and alluded to Warren’s motivation. “The bottom line is, it was long overdue with her, I mean she is clearly running for the nomination in 2020,” he said, according to CNN.
The timing of events did not go unnoticed by The Washington Post. By Wednesday afternoon, her upcoming book was No. 1 1 on the Amazon bestseller list.
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