As Democrats try to find the best strategy to resist President Trump, Sen. Elizabeth Warren opted to back Ben Carson as head of Housing and Urban Development. News of her surprising support appeared to have disappointed her base of supporters. Even liberal commentators and activists expressed their displeasure.
It's a shame that Warren just decided not to run for president in 2020. https://t.co/VKfY6fCzce
— Ian Millhiser (@imillhiser) Jan. 24, 2017
I still can't believe that Warren voted for Ben Carson. That's wild.
— deray mckesson (@deray) Jan. 25, 2017
Warren and Brown are pathetic, Dem equivalent of McCain and Rubio backing Tillerson. They know it's wrong, don't care who suffers. https://t.co/2kbr9wO9Tn
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) Jan. 25, 2017
We're supposed to be resisting yet Sen Warren is backing a lying, anti-black, completely unqualified Trump nominee. pic.twitter.com/2RhpYtIpxd
— Elon James White (@elonjames) Jan. 25, 2017
Facing this backlash, Warren took to Facebook to expound on her decision to support Carson, who many of her supporters have seen as an unsatisfactory choice to run public housing in this country.
"Yes, I have serious, deep, profound concerns about Dr. Carson’s inexperience to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development," Warren wrote in a public post. "Yes, I adamantly disagree with many of the outrageous things that Dr. Carson said during his presidential campaign. Yes, he is not the nominee I wanted," she added. "But 'the nominee I wanted' is not the test."
Warren claimed she carefully vetted Carson during the confirmation process and that she ultimately determined that President Donald Trump's alternative choice for HUD secretary could fall short on the promises Carson made in the hearings.
"But at his hearing, he committed to track and report on conflicts of interest at the agency," Warren wrote. "In his written responses to me, he made good, detailed promises, on everything from protecting anti-homelessness programs to enforcing fair housing laws. Promises that – if they’re honored – would help a lot of working families," she added.
Her letter hasn't completely mollified liberal commentators:
This is a MISERABLE FAILURE Senator Warren. You are FAILING THE PEOPLE OF MASSACHUSETTS and all of us with this behavior. https://t.co/HczcXqiZzs
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) Jan. 26, 2017