#ThankYouElizabeth: Warren Drops Out, and Tributes Come Pouring In
People are movingly thanking Elizabeth Warren after she ended her presidential campaign.
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.
Today is a hard day for so many people who love and respect @ewarren and admire her campaign - and I include myself in that.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 5, 2020
Elizabeth Warren is a progressive lion, a champion for working families, and her commitment to inclusivity is exemplary. Thank you for being a role model. https://t.co/E9iZzo4Dwt
.@ewarren changed the conversation. She lifted up plans, empathy, intelligence, billionaire slaying, the idea that justice happens in the tax code if it happens anywhere at all, decency, humor, and pinky swears.— Anand Giridharadas (@AnandWrites) March 5, 2020
I met her once for breakfast. She prepared by reading a whole book.
I'm too sad to eloquently express all the ways my heart is broken that @ewarren won't be our next president, or even the Democratic nominee, so I'll just say: #ThankYouElizabeth. You lit the way for the next progressive woman who will make a run at this and I'll be with her.— Cheryl Strayed (@CherylStrayed) March 5, 2020
Elizabeth Warren ran a dynamic, hopeful campaign centered around smart policy solutions to make this country work for everyone.— Cecile Richards (@CecileRichards) March 5, 2020
I know this is just the beginning for her, her team, and the millions of women and girls she inspired with her run. #LFG #ThankYouElizabeth pic.twitter.com/N2F1tqObkU
#ThankYouElizabeth for:— Tania Singh (@TwinklingTania) March 5, 2020
-introducing student debt cancellation plan first
-putting the last nail in the coffin of Bloomberg’s presidency
-trying to make economic populism palpable to middle class
#WarrenToBernie folks, let’s make big structural change.
I'm sad. I'm disappointed. I think a lot of you are misogynists but think of yourselves as good guys. I think that the media erasure of Elizabeth Warren was despicable. I think this country has a lot of fucking learning to do. I'm just sick over this. #ThankYouElizabeth— Hillary Kelly (@HillaryKelly) March 5, 2020
"So if you leave with only one thing you leave with, it must be this: choose to fight only righteous fights, because then when things get tough – and they will – you will know that there is only option ahead of you: nevertheless, you must persist." - @ewarren #ThankYouElizabeth pic.twitter.com/6WhG2fXLZk— Maria Langholz (@MariaLangholz) March 5, 2020
Also, a laser-like focus on corruption, a much-needed call for the abolition of the filibuster and the electoral college, and, of course, the icing on the cake: the destruction of Michael Bloomberg’s candidacy in a single evening. Bravo @SenWarren https://t.co/R7fAXBaNCL— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) March 5, 2020
I am sad Sen. Elizabeth Warren is bowing out.— Alex Morash (@AlexMorash) March 5, 2020
She's stood up to credit card companies, big banks, and a Washington establishment that all too often is in bed with these thieves.
She is a woman of big ideas working for the little guy. She is a Shero.#ThankYouElizabeth
I will always remember Elizabeth Warren running to meet the train with more vigor than I have at less than half her age, changing into her tennis shoes on the side of event stages, and helping a generation of little girls pinky-promise that one day, it will be them.— Rainesford Stauffer (@Rainesford) March 5, 2020
Let’s not undersell the power of Elizabeth Warren’s candidacy.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 5, 2020
She set the pace for policy on everything from disability justice to racial justice to a wealth tax.
She is a giant of our movement. I can't wait for our progressive movement to build together. #ThankYouElizabeth
She ran for president because that's what girls do. #ThankYouElizabeth for everything you've done & everything you will do. You've inspired me and so many other young girls around the country to fight for what's right with love and dignity.— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) March 5, 2020
We love you, @ewarren❤️
#ThankYouElizabeth— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) March 5, 2020
...for running an exceptional campaign.
For knocking #Bloomberg out of the race.
And for pushing important policies like the #WealthTax.
And thank you to all my friends who supported her. I hope you join #NotMeUs so your progressive values prevail.