Saturday, November 5, 2011

Elizabeth Warren On Tea Party Heckler: "Someone Is Pre-Packaging That Poison"

Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democratic senatorial candidate, was heckled by a Tea Party supporter who said he’d been unemployed since February 2010 and objected to her standing by Occupy Wall Street. Warren, after stopping the audience from shouting him down, said, “I’m very sorry that you’ve been out of work. I’m also very sorry that the recent jobs bill that would’ve brought 22,000 jobs to Massachusetts did not pass in the Senate.” She said that she’s been protesting what’s been going on in Wall Street for a while, but that the movement had its own agenda. The heckler responded, "Well, if you're the intellectual creator of that so-called party, you're a socialist whore. I don't want anything to do with you." He added that Warren's "boss," presumably President Obama, was "foreign-born.” Warren took the exchange as a “reminder that we have a lot of work to do.” Watch:

Warren later said she felt sorry for the heckler and angry about the right-wing propaganda that influenced him:

After the event, Warren reflected on the man's outburst, which she said was her first such encounter. "I actually felt sorry for the guy. I really genuinely did. He's been out of work now for a year and a half. And bless his heart, I mean, he thought somehow it would help to come here and yell names," she told HuffPost.

The assault stuck with Warren, and she continued to think about it throughout the night. Hours later, she said she wasn't upset with the man himself, but rather with those who attempt to channel his anger in a malevolent direction. "I was thinking more about the heckler. I'm not angry with him, but he didn't come up with the idea that his biggest problem was Occupy Wall Street. There's someone else pre-packaging that poison -- and that's who makes me angry," she said.

Regarding the "pre-packaged poison," Media Matters has provided comprehensive coverage on the campaign by the right wing media, especially Fox News, to mock, smear, and vilify the Occupy Wall Street protesters.

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