Above is what Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, who presumes to tell us that she is qualified to be President of the United States, tweeted to her followers last week. This deliberate and disgraceful lie could be presented on Ethics Alarms as evidence that Warren is an Ethics Dunce. It would easily qualify as an Unethical Quote of the Week (Month…Year…). It is fully qualified as an Unethical Tweet of the Week, in a category that is becoming increasingly contested. None of these, however, quite capture the miserable, cynical, disgusting nature of Warren’s statement.
Let’s be clear: Mike Brown was not murdered by a white police officer in Ferguson. This is not a matter of debate or rational dispute, at least not beyond the “The moon landing was faked” and”Elvis lives!” level. As National Review writer David French rapidly tweeted back at her, the Obama Justice Department, which was as biased, politicized and racialized as they come and which would have loved to have indicted Officer Wilson to please Al Sharpton, black activists, police-haters, Black Lives Matters and the progressive race-baiting “base,” had to admit that the evidence for murder, or any crime, wasn’t there, and the evidence of self-defense ( and that Brown had engineered his own demise) was strong. This was the reason the grand jury didn’t indict the officer. French completely debunked Warren with a highlighted selection from the report:
Black Lives Matters still claims on its website that Officer Wilson murdered Brown, but that is because Black Lives Matters is an anti-white, anti-police hate group that owes its existence to the media-hyped Brown fiasco. Brown’s friend and partner in crime concocted an imaginary account of his death (“Hands up! Don’t shoot!”) that was reported as fact because progressives and the news media wanted it to be true. There was, perhaps, some excuse for believing that false narrative five years ago if one was bigoted and intellectually lazy, but not today.
Warren isn’t intellectually lazy, or flummoxed by a false narrative. She is pandering. She is lying. She is doing what she evidently thinks will gain her power and the Presidency: saying what she thinks will attract needed support, even though she knows, knows, that it is false. Warren is a law professor and a litigator, and from all reports skilled in both roles. She knows that the facts made it obvious that Brown wasn’t murdered. She knows that competent, fair citizens must not call other citizens murderers when not only have they not been charged, tried, or duly convicted, but when authorities have concluded that there is insufficient evidence for an official accusation.
The tweet isn’t a mistake or an opinion. It is a deliberate lie, a public and a defamatory one. I see no reason why Darren Wilson could not sue Warren and win.
In light of this and Warren’s other well-documented prevarications and flagrant demagoguery, I do not comprehend how anyone with an appreciation of the importance of character and integrity in leadership could possibly think this awful woman should be President, or have any opportunity to wield power over others. I especially cannot fathom how lawyers I know claim to be supporters.
I do salute Ethics Alarms readers, however, who made Warren their #1 choice for Most Unethical Democratic Presidential Candidate in the recent poll even before this latest display: