Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Thursday that despite ending her own bid for the White House, there was still plenty of hope that a woman would be elected president of the United States, “it’s just going to be a little longer.”
“It feels like we were never going to make change, until we make change,” Warren told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, just hours after she suspended her campaign. “We were never going to elect a Catholic, until we elected a Catholic. We were never going to elect a Black man, until we elected a Black man. And we’re never going to elect a woman, until we elect a woman.”
Many women were dismayed on Thursday after Warren, struggling after Super Tuesday where she came in third place in her home state, said the numbers weren’t in her favor. Despite being a frontrunner and earning almost sole credit for pushing billionaire Michael Bloomberg out of the race, she wasn’t able to break headway in a field dominated by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and a resurgent former Vice President Joe Biden.
“One of the hardest parts of this is all of those pinky promises and all of those little girls who are going to have to wait four more years,” the senator, who touted her tour taking more than 100,000 selfies, said during the announcement. “That’s going to be hard.”
(Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard is still in the race but has failed to make any major splash with only two delegates.)
Maddow asked Warren if her own groundbreaking campaign and its failure to break the male septuagenarian ceiling was troubling, with the host saying that to many: “It feels a little bit like a death knell in terms of the prospects of having a woman president in our lifetimes.”
“Oh god, please no. That can’t be right,” Warren replied. “It doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen, it doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen soon. We can’t lose hope over this, we can’t lose hope because the only way we make change is we get back up tomorrow and we fight. We persist. That is how we make change.”
Warren declined to make an immediate endorsement after ending her bid, but said she Biden was a genuinely “decent” guy and called Sanders her friend of a long time. But she fired off sharp criticism at the Vermont senator’s supporters, saying Sanders is ultimately responsible “for the people who claim to be [his] supporters and do really threatening, ugly, dangerous things to other candidates.”
Warren also cheered her massive field effort and said despite her disappointment, she still had work to do.
“Seeing all these people that I had the chance to fight alongside… I felt pretty good about it,” the lawmaker said. “I’m so grateful for all the people who volunteered, for all the people who were part of the team, for all the good policies, because dang I still think they’re good.”
“I’m doing fine.”