Democrats seem to have a hard time with basic civics.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren discussed the government shutdown and other issues with CNN’s Anderson Cooper this week but her attempt to give him a lesson in “how the balance of power really works” was just embarrassing for an elected official.
“This is manufactured crisis and it’s starting to impose real pain. Real pain on families all across this country,” the Massachusetts Democrat and 2020 presidential hopeful said on the month-long government shutdown in an interview on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”
“The president’s party, though, controls the White House and the Senate. Democrats only control the House. Do you ever think, look, the realistic end game is that Republicans get two thirds of what they want and the Democrats have to settle for the shorter straw?” Cooper asked. “Is that how the balance of power really works?”
“Well, let’s talk about the balance of power,” Warren began. “There are two coequal branches of government. The President of the United States and the Congress.”
An audible sound of heads crashing to desks could be heard on social media.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) doesn’t know how many branches of government exist: “There are two co-equal branches of government, the president of the United States and the Congress”
There are 3 equal branches of government: executive, legislative, judicial pic.twitter.com/ARHJsmII2B
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 24, 2019
Friendly reminder: Elizabeth Warren is a Harvard Professor. ?
— Lynne⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@lynnemiles01) January 24, 2019
… of law!
— Eric Zeh (@EricZeh) January 24, 2019
Did NO ONE take Civics???? Seriously??? pic.twitter.com/vquzWaGVz3
— Holly Thornton (@beachmamax2) January 24, 2019
Harvard must be proud…
— Canes Fan ?? (@hcanes100) January 24, 2019
She was 2/3rds correct, which I suppose is better than 1/1024th correct.
— Jeremy Trebas (@bluesaint24) January 24, 2019
@SenatorWarren 4th grade social studies. Did they not teach you that on the reservation?
— nan list (@listnancy) January 24, 2019
Many were reminded of similar ignorance from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez last November when she flubbed the branches of government more than once and didn’t like being called out on it.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 19, 2018
Twitter users noted the Democrats seemed challenged by basic social studies and saw the potential for a Warren ticket with Ocasio-Cortez.
Do Dems only have 2 ? the rest of us have 3??
— Krista Davis? (@davis5_krista) January 24, 2019
Wow! @AOC qualifies as her running mate
— DVH (@Vanhonker) January 24, 2019
— Sarah Lindsey (@sarahl0329) January 24, 2019
Why can’t Dems elect ppl that actually understand the branches of govt!!?? Is that too hard to ask?
— TR3 (@TeelowM3) January 24, 2019
Not surprisingly, there was no correction from Cooper.
Did CNN correct her?
— Dan Miller (@Bump_Miller) January 24, 2019
My goodness. Did Anderson correct her or let it slide?
— St Pat’s Day ?? (@kaypea715) January 24, 2019
He has no flipping clue either
— Coder4Liberty (@Coder4Liberty) January 24, 2019
Twitter users lamented the fact that Warren could be considered “presidential material.”
I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait for the debates!
— Michael S. Miller (@akaMikeMiller) January 24, 2019
She’ll prolly get it right the next time. Knowing division (like 1/3’s) isn’t her strong suit. She’s 1/1024th Presidential material.
— Jason Eppinette (@JasonEppinette) January 24, 2019
Presidential material ?
— Jaroslav Ženíšek (@ZenisekJaroslav) January 24, 2019
Maybe she had a beer before she went on tv
— Paul (@hawkdog84) January 24, 2019
And she wants to be President… Great. pic.twitter.com/pwEDPjET7w
— Kyle Thompson (@kylethompsonlaw) January 24, 2019
Makes you wonder if she could pass a citizenship test. Of course, we know she flunked the Native American test.
— ???Dan Marion ?♉️??? (@dm1299) January 24, 2019
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