Perhaps taking a page from the playbook of DREAMers, Sen. Elizabath Warren (D-MA) supporters are reportedly planning to crash and disrupt Hillary Clinton’s campaign events to move Clinton more to the left on economic issues.
Warren has said on numerous occasions that she will not run in 2016, but her supporters from the Occupy wing of the party who have always distrusted the Clinton brand that is associated with centrism, crony capitalism, and triangulation are no less enthusiastic about what Warren purports to represent.
According to a Reuters report, “Warren’s backers are already fanning out in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire to push Clinton to shift toward economic populism and away from the pro-business policies of her husband, former President Bill Clinton.” The pro-Warren activists told the outlet that “they plan to show up at town halls and rallies to publicly call on Clinton to adopt policies such as breaking up big banks and expanding the Social Security retirement program.”
A member of the pro-Warren Progressive Change Campaign Committee said, “What we are trying to do is incentivize Hillary Clinton and anyone else who may chose to run for president to campaign on many of the economic populist issues that Elizabeth Warren and others have championed.”
Though Warren has recently said that progressive should give Hillary Clinton a “chance,” she has also ben vocal about vowing to “push everybody” more to the left on economic issues during the 2016 campaign cycle. And, according to Reuters, Warren is getting under the skin of Clinton’s backers in the party’s establishment like the Center for American Progress’s Neera Tanden and former Barack Obama chief of staff Bill Daley.
Clinton will reportedly formally announce her presidential bid next month. She has been criticized for not having a robust presence in the early states and taking her nomination for granted, which prompted two top Clinton advisers to take an early-state tour this week to reach out to activists and local establishment figures.