Presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) lost volunteers mid-speech at her presidential campaign launch rally on Feb. 9, the Washington Examiner reported.
Two campaign volunteers, Johnhaynes Honeycutt and a female friend, were seen ditching Warren’s rally on live television a full half-hour before her speech concluded. Honeycutt can be seen exiting stage right in the bright green shirt with another supporter.
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“I was an Elizabeth Warren supporter, but I found at the event there wasn’t any way for me to identify with the things she was saying,” Honeycutt, a 23-year-old African-American man from Massachusetts who owns a small business, said when the Examiner asked why he left the rally mid-speech. “That was why I walked out.”
Citing issues with Warren’s focus on prison reform and raising taxes for the wealthy rather than increasing opportunities for minorities, Honeycutt continued:
“SHE’S A SMALL-TOWN GIRL, AND HER FAMILY WERE BLUE-COLLAR, AND NOW SHE’S IN THIS POSITION [AS A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE]. RATHER THAN TAXING AND FIGHTING THE RICH AND USING THAT AS HER ONLY FOCUS, SHE SHOULD BE FOCUSING ON OPENING UP OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE PEOPLE THAT ARE IN THE SAME POSITION SHE WAS ONCE IN.”
Honeycutt then pointed out that there are a lot of minorities prospering in America and that he believed Warren “should be using her platform to illustrate that end of it.”
Warren arrived about an hour late to her launch rally in Lawrence, Massachusettes, where a crowd of supporters had gathered in freezing temperatures to hear her speak.
In her speech, the senator decried the “rigged” Washington politics that take advantage of lower-income Americans while the wealthy pay less than their fair share in taxes.
“We need to take power in Washington away from the wealthy and well-connected and put it back in the hands of the people where it belongs,” she said.
Warren joins the large field of other Democratic presidential candidates, which includes Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Kirsten Gillibrand(D-N.Y.).
Correction [2/16/18, 8:12 a.m. ET]: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) as a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate. We have corrected the error, as he has not yet announced his 2020 plans.