Elizabeth Warren just can’t avoid controversy.
The left-wing lighting rod is eager to jump into any battle no matter how foolish she ends up looking.
But her latest decision was a blunder that made her look ridiculous.
California Democrat Senator Kamala Harris was questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the powers granted to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in the Russia prove.
Questioning is really the wrong word.
She was badgering Rosenstein and refusing to let him answer her questions.
Her behavior was so rude that Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr had to rebuke her by cutting off her speaking time.
The Daily Caller reports:
“Burr wasn’t interested in allowing Harris to continue to interrupt the witnesses and cut off her speaking time so Rosenstein could finish his response.
“The senator will suspend. The chair is going to exercise his right to allow the witness to answer the question,” Burr said to eye rolls from Harris. “The committee is on notice to provide the witnesses the courtesy, which has not been extended all the way across, extend the courtesy for questions to get answered.”
“Mr. Chairman, respectfully, I would like to point out that this witness…” Harris started yet again.
“Mr. Rosenstein, will you … the senator will suspend. Mr. Rosenstein, would you like to fully answer the question?” Burr offered.
Rosenstein looked relieved to finally have speaking time, and responded, “the truth is, I have a lot of experience with these issues and I could speak for a very long time about it.”
Democrats quickly accused Burr of “sexism” for “silencing a woman.”
But Harris was being rude and true sexism would have been treating her differently because she is a woman and allowing her outrageous behavior to continue.
While Harris may have been rude, she was also playing to the crowd.
She is rumored to be a 2020 candidate, and every Democrat running for President must bear their teeth to anyone associated with the Trump administration and put up hostile resistance.
Harris was hoping to create a viral clip that would ping-pong around cable news and social media and tag her as a rising, Trump hating star the activist base of the party can rally around.
Elizabeth Warren – who is also rumored to be a 2020 candidate – may have sensed this and didn’t want to be left out.
She quickly jumped in and offered her support to Harris.
Silencing @SenKamalaHarris for not being “courteous” enough is just unbelievable. Keep fighting, Kamala! #NeverthelessShePersisted https://t.co/58y15qWVzU
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) June 7, 2017
Warren continues to try and pitcher herself as a far-left champion.
But is this identity politics driven move a mistake?
Constantly badgering Americans about race and gender separated the Democrat party from a chunk of the coalition that twice elected Barack Obama.
Donald Trump flipped 200 counties won by Obama in part by railing against this type of political correctness.
What may play well for Warren in a Democrat primary could leave her candidacy mortally wounded should she make it to the general election.