Sen. Elizabeth Warren had only just taken the stage at a New Hampshire town hall when she was interrupted by an irate man screaming at her.
The Democratic presidential candidate was confronted by the protester as she began the campaign event in Dover, standing silent as the man accused her of “siding with terrorists.”
Warren was only moments into her address to voters when the clearly angry man approached the front of the room, shouting.
“You’re siding with ISIS!” he screamed. “You’re siding with Iran! Why are you siding with terrorists?”
“You’re a fraud! My grandfather fought in WWII! ” he yelled, pointing at the Massachusetts senator. “Disgusting!”
He continued to yell as some in the audience began to boo and security approached him to leave.
Warren hardly moved but noted that “this is a man who’s deeply upset.”
“It’s alright. It’s time for you to leave,” she said into the microphone as he told her, “I hope you resign.”
2020 Watch-Just Now: An extremely angry man disrupted the start of @ewarren town hall in Dover, NH. He said she liked Iran and yelled at her to resign. As the crowd booed, Warren calmly responded to the protester and asked him to leave. He was then escorted out #nhpolitics #FITN pic.twitter.com/KP2uKrUs99
— Paul Steinhauser (@steinhauserNH1) January 10, 2020
Some in the crowd began chanting, “Warren! Warren!” as the man continued to vent. Another shouted, “get out now!”
“It’s good to be here in Dover,” Warren quipped after he had been escorted out.
The 2020 hopeful was asked about the confrontation after the town hall was over.
“I think getting into a shouting match with a man who’s so clearly disturbed is not helpful to him, and not helpful to anyone,” Warren said.
Attendees appeared to be happy with the way she handled the protester, as seen a report from the Boston Herald, which also gauged voter response to Warren’s campaign.
(Video: Boston Herald)
“I think she handled it really well,” Maine voter Cathy Lounsbury said. “I think she understood that there’s a lot of people that are hurting in our country.”
A New Hampshire voter at the event shared that he is looking for the candidate to “calm down a bit.”
“I think she’s an angry person as far as how she presents herself,” Dennis Vienneau told the outlet.
Though Warren did not address the issues with the protester, she had in recent days expressed her criticism of President Trump for ordering a drone strike that killed top Iranian leader and terrorist Qassem Soleimani. The Massachusetts lawmaker had come under fire for not directing her criticism at the Iranian military leader and for making conflicting statements about him.
Warren was confronted on her apparent “flip-flop” on “The View” when Meghan McCain asked her “why it was so hard to call him a terrorist.”
Meghan McCain holds Elizabeth Warren’s feet to the fire, finally admits that Soleimani’s a terrorist https://t.co/YGURybrMxR
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 7, 2020
Warren continued to deflect, turning the focus on Trump for the “assassination” of the Iranian until she finally admitted that “of course” Soleimani was a terrorist.
Friday’s town hall incident prompted many reactions on social media where Twitter users called Warren out and agreed with the man who challenged her.
He’s right! He is 100% right!
— I12BPhil (@I12BPhil) January 11, 2020
He is right she sides with Iran
— Marty – MAGA voting Trump 2020 and beyond (@MartyStewart999) January 11, 2020
No answer and no courage except to degrade someone telling the truth
— K B (@345rt) January 11, 2020
Her saying he is deeply upset as a response does what?
It does what politicians constantly do…
That is…She DID NOT address the issue.
— Geek Steve (@AnArtfulPenguin) January 10, 2020
Good example of how emotions cloud the facts. The guy is right, absolutely right, but his over the top delivery of the message, takes away from his attempt to deliver said message.
— Ralph Woodin (@rwoodin) January 11, 2020
And all 14 of her fans clapped as they hauled him away.
— Joe Roberts (@_joe__roberts) January 11, 2020
— MAGAMAN (@TheBigRedWave) January 11, 2020
He’s 1000% percent right! The way the Demoncrats and the media (propagandists) have treated this President over Iran (and faux impeachment) along with sympathizing with Iran is sickening! Trump/Pence 2020 !!
— Ron Barnett (@obamadividedus) January 11, 2020
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