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Joe Biden opens presidential campaign office in Quincy

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign is opening a Massachusetts headquarters in Quincy, continuing to make inroads in key presidential rival U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s home state.

Biden’s Bay State headquarters will be on the third floor of 159 Thomas E. Burgin Parkway in Quincy. An opening event kicked off at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The former vice president is among several presidential hopefuls refusing to cede Massachusetts, a Super Tuesday state, to the Cambridge senator.

Warren has locked up support from the majority of the state delegation — including U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley as one of her national campaign co-chairs. She has her national campaign headquarters in Charlestown, as well as a western Massachusetts headquarters in Northampton and a Greater Boston field office in Cambridge.

But Biden has the backing of former Secretary of State and Massachusetts U.S. Sen. John Kerry, and in October rolled out a list of 51 endorsements from Bay State politicians and activists.

His campaign also hired John Laadt, a former campaign manager for Mayor Martin J. Walsh, as its Massachusetts state director. Walsh, a longtime friend of Biden’s, has yet to endorse in the 2020 presidential race.

Polling has so far been scant in Massachusetts. A WBUR/MassInc. poll from October showed Warren leading with 33% support to Biden’s 18%. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who enjoys some support among Bay State activists held over from his 2016 bid, received 13%. South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who routinely fund-raises here, received 7%.

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“I Pray for the President All the Time”: In Praise of How Nancy Pelosi Has Navigated Impeachment

On Wednesday, Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California and the Speaker of the House, will preside over an irreconcilable House of Representatives as it begins a floor debate on the impeachment of President Donald Trump. It promises to be a legacy-defining moment for Pelosi and a historic rebuke of Trump—only two other American Presidents have been impeached—but the vote will also exhibit anew the country’s unrelenting political divisions. In all likelihood, after being impeached in the House, Trump will be acquitted next month, in a similarly one-sided, partisan manner, in the Senate. It is a depressingly predictable set of outcomes and one that will, inevitably, raise questions about both the point of the entire exercise and the wisdom of Pelosi’s decision to pursue impeachment in the first place.

Amid the cascade of news conferences, public statements, and interviews that Pelosi has given since she launched the formal impeachment inquiry, in late September, a particular moment stands out to me. Earlier this month, at the end of her weekly news conference, Pelosi had begun to walk off the stage when a reporter from the conservative Sinclair Broadcast Group called out to her, “Do you hate the President, Madam Speaker?” Pelosi wheeled around and wagged her index finger at him. “I don’t hate anybody,” she said. “I was raised in a Catholic house. We don’t hate anybody. Not anybody in the world.” She stalked back to the microphone. “This is about the Constitution of the United States and the facts that lead to the President’s violation of his oath of office,” Pelosi said. Then she added, “I still pray for the President. I pray for the President all the time. So, don’t mess with me when it comes to words like that.”

It was the spilling-over of emotion from Pelosi that arrested me—evidence of the immense political, psychological, and constitutional pressures bearing down on her. In the past, the Speaker has frequently made the same assertion: that she was praying for the President. Some may question her sincerity, but her insistence that she was doing so, even as she was seeking to remove him from office, felt in keeping with the solemnity of her handling of impeachment over the past few months. By contrast, on Tuesday, in a rambling, six-page letter to Pelosi, Trump accused her of “offending Americans of faith by continually saying ‘I pray for the President,’ when you know this statement is not true, unless it is meant in a negative sense. It is a terrible thing you are doing, but you will have to live with it, not I!”

All along, the dilemma of impeachment for Democrats has been twofold: political and constitutional. The former has been much debated. Pelosi had long resisted the entreaties of her party’s more liberal members to impeach Trump. When she finally relented, she kept the investigation narrowly focussed on the Ukraine affair, and ultimately settled on a tight timetable for concluding the inquiry. After an initial rise in support, public opinion on impeachment has held fairly steady throughout congressional hearings and remains deeply polarized. Much of Pelosi’s strategizing has revolved around a need to protect vulnerable Democrats in Trump-supporting districts who helped secure the Party’s House majority in the 2018 midterm elections. In recent days, many in this group have come out in support of impeachment. For them, however, the political risks of a prolonged inquiry seemed substantial.

The constitutional conundrum that Pelosi faced has received far less attention, but it arguably carries more significant long-term implications. It rests on a reality of opposing truths: that impeaching Trump over the Ukraine affair is both an essential step for safeguarding American democracy and a potentially dangerous one for its future. Trump’s pressure on Ukraine for the purposes of influencing the 2020 election is precisely the kind of grave offense from the executive branch that the Framers designed the impeachment clause to guard against. But the implacable partisanship of the modern era threatens the future legitimacy of impeachment as a tool for Congress, and increases the likelihood that it will become just another weapon in an unrestrained partisan war.

For all the second-guessing of Pelosi’s actions, it is difficult to conceive of a responsible alternative path to the one she chose. Failing to impeach Trump would have set a dangerous precedent—that Presidents can subvert American foreign policy for their own ends, without fear of consequences. Weeks of Republican obduracy in the committee hearings, however, demonstrated the quandary she confronted: impeachment cannot function properly in an age of hyper-partisanship. “To succeed, an impeachment must transcend party conflict,” Laurence Tribe and Joshua Matz write in their book “To End a Presidency.” “Since the 1990s, however, impeachment has become increasingly entangled with the daily grind of partisan politics. As a result, the president’s political opponents are quick to frame their major disagreements in terms of impeachment. The president’s supporters, in turn, are quick to dismiss even legitimate impeachment talk as a partisan conspiracy to nullify the last election.” In the past few months, Democrats have satisfied their responsibilities, under the Constitution, to conduct a sober fact-finding inquiry, but their Republican counterparts have steadfastly refused to fulfill theirs.

There is a legitimate argument to be made that Democrats should have continued their investigation and worked through the courts to compel the testimony of additional witnesses, including current and former senior White House officials. Yet it is hard to imagine the broad contours of the case changing in any significant way.

The political calculus, then, becomes paramount. Pelosi—the first woman to lead her party in Congress and the first female Speaker of the House—has long been known as a shrewd tactician. Impeachment has revealed, once again, that the stakes for 2020, in Congress and the White House, are not just about one party or another but whether facts and the truth still have a place in American political life. For Democrats, all there is to do now is to press ahead with their constitutional duty—and, perhaps, like Pelosi, pray for their Republican antagonists.

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Political panel rips new Joe Biden political ad: ‘One of the worst slogans I’ve ever heard’

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A panel of political experts on Fox Nation’s “Deep Dive” ripped a new political ad released by former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign on Tuesday.

“If Donald Trump is reelected, he will forever and fundamentally alter the character of this nation,” narrated Biden over images of Trump supporters followed by video of men marching with torches and Confederate flags. “We can’t. And I will not let this man be reelected president of the United States of America,” said Biden at the end of the ad.

“This is, I think, a reflection of the statement that Biden made when he entered this race, which is essentially saying Donald Trump is an irredeemable bigot and destructive force and he needs to be stopped,” observed Wall Street Journal editorial board assistant editor James Freeman.

“Is that a good theme for a campaign in 2020?” he asked the “Deep Dive” panel.

“One of the worst slogans I’ve ever heard in a commercial is ‘I will not let Donald Trump be president,'” said Brad Blakeman, who is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a former member of President George W. Bush’s senior staff. “That’s not the way our country works. We will decide — the people — as to who our president’s going to be.”

Blakeman went on the make the case that Democrats are trying to either impeach the president or ruin his standing among the American electorate. “Democrats are doing the ‘I’ by this inquisition we’re seeing before our eyes. They want two bites at the apple. Let’s try and remove him or damage him so bad… that he’s unelectable,” he argued.

“Hating somebody? That’s not the way you win the presidency,” Blakeman concluded. “You win the presidency by being hopeful. And there’s always a future and something to aspire to. You can’t hate Donald Trump out of office.”

“I didn’t like the part in the Biden ad where he says if Trump gets four more years, it’ll change the character of America forever,” added Fox Business Network’s John Stossel. “We the people decide the character — the president doesn’t decide the character of America.”

Former Sen. Hank Brown R-Colo., said that he believes that it is a mistake for the Biden campaign to try and beat Trump at his own game. “I think it’s a mistake to try and play Donald Trump’s game. The reality is he’s an expert at this kind of back and forth.”

Additionally, Brown suspected that Democrats may be overestimating the degree of animosity that minority groups hold for the president. “All you have to do is look at the last few years to see the record number of jobs going to minorities in this country to understand that Trump has a far better solution to help those who’ve had a challenge in America,” he contended.

The former vice president also reportedly criticized the president’s mental health on Monday during remarks to a New York City law firm.

“Narcissism is a mental deficiency,” Biden reportedly said of the president. “And it means you cannot tolerate any criticism at all.”

This shows, “Joe has a sense of humor,” remarked Brown. “For somebody who spent three decades in the U.S. Senate to complain about narcissism is extraordinary. It is the center of narcissism in our society. And for him to call out the president shows a new standard.”

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Mitch McConnell on impeachment: “I’m not an impartial juror. This is a political process.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday not to expect him to behave in a bipartisan fashion during President Donald J. Trump’s impeachment trial.

“I’m not an impartial juror,” McConnell said. “This is a political process. There’s not anything judicial about it. Impeachment is a political decision.”

“The House made a partisan political decision to impeach.” McConnell continued. “I would anticipate we will have a largely partisan outcome in the Senate. I’m not impartial about this at all.”

“I think it’s pretty safe to say in a partisan exercise like this people sort of sign up with their own side,” McConnell said. “I think we’re going to get an almost entirely partisan impeachment. I would anticipate an almost entirely partisan outcome in the Senate as well.”

Newsweek reached out to McConnell for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

McConnell’s statement came after telling Fox News last week that he planned to coordinate impeachment trial proceedings with White House lawyers.

As Newsweek previously reported, McConnell told Sean Hannity that “there will be no difference between the president’s position and our position as to how to handle this. The case is so darn weak coming over from the House. We all know how this is going to end.”

Senate Democratic Leader Charles Schumer responded to McConnell’s comments by questioning the fairness of having an admittedly “impartial juror” involved in the impeachment process.

“He was asked if he was an impartial juror,” Schumer said. “He seemed to proudly say no. I would ask every one of our Republican colleagues, ‘Do you want someone who proudly says they’re not impartial to be on a jury? Do the American people want Mitch McConnell not to be an impartial juror in this situation?'”


Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks during his weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol on November 19, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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McConnell rejected the Democrats’ request to call additional witnesses during the impeachment trial, including acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

“The Senate is meant to act as judge and jury, to hear a trial, not to rerun the entire fact-finding investigation because angry partisans rushed sloppily through it,” McConnell said before Congress. “The trajectory that the Democratic leader apparently wants to take us down, before he’s even heard opening arguments, could set a nightmarish precedent for our institution.”

“The fact that my colleague is already desperate to sign up the Congress for new fact-finding which House Democrats themselves were too impatient to see through, well, that suggests something to me,” McConnell continued. “It suggests that even Democrats who do not like this president are beginning to realize how dramatically insufficient the House’s rushed process has been.”

Schumer responded by saying he wanted to hear McConnell give specific reasons for rejecting the request for new witnesses.

“What is Leader McConnell afraid of?” Schumer asked. “What is President Trump afraid of? The truth? But the American people want the truth.”

“A fair trial is one that allows senators to get all the relevant facts and adjudicate the case impartially,” Schumer continued. “There is a grand tradition in America: speedy and fair trials. We want both. The Leader seems obsessed with ‘speedy’ and wants to throw ‘fair’ out the window.”

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‘Healthy, vigorous’ Joe Biden physically fit to serve as president, doctor says | US news

 

Joe Biden is a “healthy, vigorous, 77-year-old male … fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency”, the former vice-president’s doctor said in records released by his campaign on Tuesday.

Biden “does not use any tobacco products, does not drink alcohol at all, and he works out at least five days per week”, Dr Kevin C O’Connor added.

Should he win the White House in 2020, Biden would be the oldest president elected for the first time, surpassing Donald Trump. The current occupant of the Oval Office was 70 at the time of his inauguration in January 2017.

Biden has a healthy lead in national polls of the Democratic presidential field. But Trump, with the nickname “Sleepy Joe”, has led the way in questioning Biden’s fitness for the rigors of an election and occupancy of the most powerful political position on earth.

Biden’s stumbles and stutters on the debate stage and campaign trail have been relentlessly parsed. In return, he has emphasized his fitness by recounting stories of facing down bullies, challenging hecklers and reporters to athletic contests and, at least early in his campaign, offering Trump a physical fight.

Trump’s own health has been the subject of relentless speculation, not least around the release of ebullient descriptions of his health by his personal doctor, Harold Bornstein – later revealed to have been written by Trump himself – and White House physician Ronny Jackson.

After an unscheduled visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland last month, Trump, now 73, addressed and denied speculation he had a heart attack.

O’Connor, director of executive medicine at GW Medical Faculty Associates, was Biden’s doctor when he was vice-president to Barack Obama.

In the three-page summary released on Tuesday, he said the former VP was being treated for “non-valvular atrial fibrillation (A-Fib), hyperlipidemia, gastroesophageal reflux and seasonal allergies”.

He also detailed the surgery Biden underwent in 1988 for a cerebral aneurysm, which revealed another. Both were repaired, the records said, and Biden “has never had any recurrences”.

Biden’s hospitalisation, O’Connor wrote, “was complicated by deep vein thrombosis and a pulmonary embolism”. Biden has also had prostate surgery, though he has not had prostate cancer, and had his gall bladder removed in 2003. He has been treated for “various sports medicine and orthopaedic injuries”.

Dr O’Connor also said Biden has had several non-melanoma skin cancers removed, is nearly 6ft, weighs 178lbs, has a blood pressure of 128/84 and a cholesterol reading of 126.

Biden’s closest competitors for the Democratic nomination include the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who is 78 and recently had a heart attack, and the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren, who is 70.

Earlier this month, Warren released a letter from her doctor which described her as “very healthy”. Sanders has promised to release records by the end of the year.

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In 6-page letter to Pelosi, Trump vents about impeachment

President Trump listed no new arguments or requests but vented his frustrations with the impeachment process in a six-page letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday.

In a letter filled with exclamation marks and Trumpian verbiage, he offered his take the day before he likely becomes only the third U.S. president in history to be impeached.

“It is time for you and the highly partisan Democrats in Congress to immediately cease this impeachment fantasy and get back to work for the American People,” the president wrote. “While I have no expectation that you will do so, I write this letter to you for the purpose of history and to put my thoughts on a permanent and indelible record.”

Mr. Trump insisted that he’s being treated worse than the defendants in the Salem Witch Trials, which resulted in executions. He also accused Democrats, without evidence, of being guilty of what they are set to impeach him for.

“You are the ones interfering in America’s elections,” Mr. Trump wrote. “You are the ones subverting America’s Democracy. You are the ones Obstructing Justice. You are the ones bringing pain and suffering to our Republic for your own selfish personal, political, and partisan gain.”

The president is accused of two things: abusing his power for withholding aid from Ukraine to pressure the country to announce investigations that would benefit his reelection campaign, and obstructing Congress for not complying with its subpoenas throughout the impeachment process.

Mr. Trump also reiterated false narratives and complaints about impeachment, which he called a “hoax,” while seated in the Oval Office alongside Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales on Tuesday.

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President Trump speaks during a meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales in the Oval Office of the White House on December 17, 2019. 

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“We’re not entitled to lawyers, we’re not entitled to witnesses, we’re not entitled to anything in the House,” he said.

The House invited Mr. Trump and his legal counsel to testify. They declined. It also heard testimony from several witnesses called by Republican members of Congress.

Once the impeachment process moves to the Senate, Mr. Trump said it’ll be up to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to decide whether to call witnesses. Asked whether it would be McConnell’s decision, Mr. Trump told reporters, “Yeah, he can decide.”

Mr. Trump has previously expressed interest in calling witnesses in the Senate, where he has said the trial will be “fair.” But McConnell has said he wants a swift trial, and he and Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham have both said they don’t pretend to be impartial jurors.

Senate Democrats have called on McConnell to allow four witnesses to testify in the Senate trial: White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, former national security adviser John Bolton, senior Mulvaney adviser Robert Blair, and Office of Management and Budget official Michael Duffey. All four were subpoenaed to testify in the House impeachment inquiry but didn’t appear after the White House claimed that Mr. Trump’s senior advisers have “absolute immunity” from congressional subpoenas. A federal judge refuted that.

McConnell told Fox News on Tuesday that if the Democrats called witnesses, Republicans would have a list, too, including the anonymous whistleblower whose complaint helped to launch Mr. Trump’s impeachment, and Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.

“It’s time to vote and move on and get back to get back to the business the American people sent us all here to do,” McConnell said.

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Trump is not a lawyer – Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has responded to Donald Trump’s call for the top US court to stop impeachment.

“The president is not a lawyer,” she told the BBC in an exclusive interview, adding: “He’s not law trained.”

In a wide-ranging conversation, she also said poor women were victims of restrictive abortion access.

The US president is expected to be impeached by the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

The House, controlled by the Democrats, accuses him of an abuse of power in his dealings with Ukraine.

Impeachment is like an indictment – the charges will then be sent to the Republican-controlled Senate for a trial, where senators act like jurors.

President Trump is expected to be acquitted there of the two charges he faces.

What did Ms Ginsburg say about impeachment?

Earlier this month, the president suggested in a tweet that the Supreme Court could step in.

“Radical Left has NO CASE. Read the Transcripts. Shouldn’t even be allowed. Can we go to Supreme Court to stop?”

When the BBC’s Razia Iqbal asked the justice what her reading of the constitution was in this context, she replied: “The president is not a lawyer, he’s not law trained.”

Ms Ginsburg also implied that senators who display bias should be disqualified from acting as jurors in the trial.

There was criticism over the weekend of Mitch McConnell, who leads the Republican party in the Senate, for saying an acquittal was a foregone conclusion.

When asked about senators making up their minds before the trial, the Supreme Court Justice said: “Well if a judge said that, a judge would be disqualified from sitting on the case.”

What did she say about abortion access?

“I think society needs to be more active on this issue,” she said.

“And the truth is that with all these restrictive laws, the only people who are being restricted are poor women.”

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Women with the means to travel to other states to get abortions were able to, she added.

Poor women bear the brunt of states’ laws that restrict access, she said.

“They normally can’t pay a plane fare or the bus fare, they can’t afford to take days off of work to go.”

Why is Ruth Bader Ginsburg important?

President Trump has appointed two judges since taking office, and the current court is seen to have a 5-4 conservative majority in most cases.

Ms Ginsburg, 86, is the oldest sitting justice on the Supreme Court, and has received hospital treatment a number of times in recent years.

As the court’s most senior liberal justice, her health is closely watched.

Why is President Trump being impeached?

President Trump, it is alleged, pressured Ukraine to conduct two investigations for his own political gain and to the detriment of national security.

Democrats say he withheld $400m of military aid to Ukraine and a White House meeting with Ukraine’s new leader.

The most serious allegation is that he asked for an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden, thereby enlisting foreign help to win the 2020 election.

He faces two articles of impeachment – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

He would become only the third US president to be impeached, but he denies any wrongdoing.

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Hoping to See Joe Biden at the First Debate? You Might Be Out of Luck

Vice President Joe Biden is reportedly saying no thanks to CNN’s big debate welcome. Despite the network’s willingness to accommodate a Biden entry as late as the day of the first debate in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Biden insiders say the veep has yet to decide whether he will enter the race.

That means he’ll most likely miss the October 13 debate, which CNN is hosting in Las Vegas. Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will be the night’s headliners, where they’ll be joined by Lincoln Chafee, Martin O’Malley, and Jim Webb.

“Nothing is actually being done yet,” a Democratic source told CNN of Biden’s would-be campaign. “There’s far more talk than action.”

CNN had previously announced that, even if Biden waited until the day of the debate to announce his bid, the network would welcome him to the debate stage.

Biden’s actions thus far have largely been relegated to solemnly explaining why he hasn’t decided. In an emotional appearance on The Late Show, Biden told Stephen Colbert that he is simply not emotionally prepared to make a decision. The appearance was the vice president’s first televised interview since the death of his son, Beau Biden, four months ago.

“I don’t think any man or woman should run for president unless, number one, they know exactly why they would want to be president, and two, they can look at folks out there and say I promise you have my whole heart, my whole soul, my energy, and my passion,” Biden said. “I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there. I’m being completely honest. Nobody has a right in my view to seek that office unless they are willing to give it 110 percent of who they are.”

Biden’s inaction on the campaign front hasn’t dimmed enthusiasm among his fans. The Draft Biden movement, which declined to comment for this piece, has organized into a national effort, and continues to advocate for the vice president to join the race.

Continued trepidation over Clinton’s vulnerability as a candidate helps, too. The former secretary of state cannot seem to escape the scandal over her use of a private e-mail server during her time in Foggy Bottom. If the controversy persists, Biden could see himself gaining in the polls without doing much of anything.

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Rep. Doug Collins: Dems’ Impeachment Report is The ‘Best Fictional Account’

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins (R-GA) called the Democrats’ impeachment charges against President Donald Trump “vague.” Democrats charged Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of congress, which the House Rules Committee is discussing Tuesday ahead of an expected full House vote Wednesday.

“It’s pretty interesting if you read the report from the majority there’s a lot of discussion about crimes, but they couldn’t find it in themselves to charge one. Again, common sense. Articles and when you think about impeachment you’re thinking about impeaching a president in particular for crimes,” Collins said.

“This majority has tried so hard to be like Clinton and Nixon and failed so miserably, but every time we try we try once again, except the one thing when it came down to the very end the one thing they couldn’t do was actually find a crime. They talk about it a bunch. If you read the majority’s report, it is well-written. It is some of the best work you’ll see, frankly, in some ways of fictional accounts of what this actually is, but it actually talks it. That the problem here is about a majority bent on finding something,” he continued.

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‘Give me a hug’: Elizabeth Warren shares tearful moment with LGBT+ teenager at rally

Elizabeth Warren shared an emotional moment with a high school student during an Iowa campaign event that ended in tears and the 2020 presidential candidate hugging the young voter. 

The Massachusetts Democrat spoke in Marion, Iowa on Sunday night when she was asked about acceptance by the 17-year-old, who reportedly identifies as part of the LGBT+ community.

“I was wondering if there was ever a time in your life where somebody you really looked up to maybe didn’t accept you as much,” asked Raelyn, who requested to only be referred to by her first name, “and how you dealt with that?” 

Raelyn choked back tears as she posed the question to Ms Warren, who took a pause before sharing a story about her own struggle for acceptance from her mother at a younger age. 

“Yeah … My mother and I had very different views of how to build a future”, the senator replied. “She wanted me to marry well, and I really tried, and it just didn’t work out. And there came a day when I had to call her and say, this is over. I can’t make it work. And I heard the disappointment in her voice. I knew how she felt about it.”

She added: “But I knew it was the right thing to do.”

The Democrat has previously detailed similar conflicts she had with her mother, writing about a disagreement the two had over college in her 2017 book titled This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class

Ms Warren divorced her first husband after reportedly giving up a college scholarship in order to be with him and raising their two children. She has been with her current husband, Bruce Mann, for 35 years. 

“Sometimes you just gotta do what’s right inside and hope that maybe the rest of the world will come around to it”, she told Raelyn on Sunday. “And maybe they will and maybe they won’t, but the truth is, you gotta take care of yourself first.”

Ms Warren then began walking across the stage towards the 17-year-old before saying into the microphone: “Give me a hug.” 

The two embraced as Ms Warren appeared to say a few words into Raelyn’s shoulders. The teen could be seen with tears streaming down her face as she held onto the senator for a moment. 

Raelyn later told ABC News she was drawn to Ms Warren’s campaign because the candidate “actually cares about the people that she talks about” and “genuinely cares about what she’s saying”. 

“What got me involved with her was her care for the LGBTQ community”, the teen said. “She gives me hope, which is not something that I’ve really had with other politicians, and I’ve followed politics for a while.”