Politics

#ThankYouElizabeth: Warren Drops Out, and Tributes Come Pouring In

People are movingly thanking Elizabeth Warren after she ended her presidential campaign.

Then-Democratic candidate for President Senator Elizabeth Warren does a pinky swear with a little girl while walking through the Iowa voters at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday August, 10, 2019. | Getty Images
Then-Democratic candidate for President Senator Elizabeth Warren does a pinky swear with a little girl while walking through the Iowa voters at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa on Saturday August, 10, 2019. | Getty Images

After Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Thursday that she was dropping out of the Democratic presidential race, gratitude came flooding in: for the hope she gave people, for her many signature plans, for what was seen as the takedown of a billionaire who had no business being in the race. 

For the seemingly endless energy, the commitment to “persisting,” and the example set for women and girls across the country, many of whom are still reeling from the 2016 election in their own ways.

For some voters, Warren’s exit from a field that had once drawn the highest number of women candidates in U.S. history also marked the end of a possibility: a woman will not face President Trump in the 2020 election. The decision came two days after Warren had a “disappointing” Super Tuesday, as her campaign described it. (Tulsi Gabbard still remains in the race with two delegates.)

The response to Warren’s campaign suspension was notably more climactic than the reactions to other candidates’ exits this week, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Bloomberg, all of whom endorsed Biden. (Buttigieg’s exit also marked the end of the historic possibility of America’s first openly gay president, and prompted moving tributes to his relationship with husband Chasten). 

The campaign was bookended by the release of her final remarks to staff, thanking them for their work and telling stories, which had become characteristic of a campaign that involved lots of surprise phone conversations to small donors and lots of selfies. 

Warren said: “When I voted yesterday at the elementary school down the street, a mom came up to me. And She said she has two small children, and they have a nightly ritual.  After the kids have brushed teeth and read books and gotten that last sip of water and done all the other bedtime routines, they do one last thing before the two little ones go to sleep. Mama leans over them and whispers, ‘Dream big.’ And the children together reply, ‘Fight hard.’” 

Most notable among the responses were recognition for Warren’s wealth tax, attention to communities including people living with disabilities, and focus on policy around issues more likely to affect women, including reproductive rights, paid leave, and universal child care. 

Below are some reactions from voters, activists, journalists, pundits, and elected officials to Warren’s exit.

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