Warren Flummoxed by School Choice Protesters

November 22, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) didn't know how to handle school choice protesters during a Thursday rally and was heard asking Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.), "What do we do with this?"

Protesters interrupted Warren's speech multiple times with chants in favor of school choice. Warren initially allowed the chanting to proceed as the rest of the crowd responded with pro-Warren chants before Pressley, who had introduced Warren at the event, walked onto the stage. "What do we do with this?" Warren asked Pressley.

"I want to say something. No one is here to quiet you, least not this black woman, who know what it is when people have tried to put me in a corner and tell me to be silent," Pressley said, addressing the protesters.

"You are welcome here. The senator is here to talk about the contributions fighters like you have made to history," she continued. "There are many people that do not know this story because we have been rendered as a historical footnote in history. So I am going to appeal to you to not dishonor that history."

Pressley told the protesters to meet with the lawmakers after the rally. "But when these women have been ignored this long, this is their moment and we are going to hear the story," she concluded to cheers from the crowd.

The protesters had interrupted Warren's speech with chants of "Our children, our choice" and "We will be heard." The rest of the crowd responded with "Warren, Warren" and "Let her speak."

"We're good. We're good," Warren initially told the crowd. But when they started up again, Pressley intervened.

Warren's education plan proposes extremely stringent regulation on charter and private schools and would end federal funding for the further expansion of charter schools.

The protesters wore black shirts displaying the words "Powerful Parent Network." The group has a GoFundMe advocating for more school choice.

Pressley announced her endorsement of Warren earlier this month in a break from her fellow far-left "Squad" members who all endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) for president.