Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent a hidden political message to viewers during her Wednesday night speech at the virtual Democratic National Convention.
The message: Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat, gave the five-minute address from a classroom in Springfield, Massachusetts, and on shelves behind her alphabet-letter blocks spelled out "BLM," the initialism for Black Lives Matter.
The DNC snuck a secret BLM message into @EWarren's speech ... Take a closer look at the shelves behind Warren. pic.twitter.com/JPQi6Rx6du— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 20, 2020
The Twitter account of Warren's aborted 2020 presidential campaign pointed to various other symbolic "surprises sprinkled throughout" the set.
Did you catch the surprises sprinkled throughout @ewarren’s #DemConvention set? 👀— Warren Democrats (@TeamWarren) August 20, 2020
The reaction: Some left-wing Twitter users were delighted by the Black Lives Matter "easter egg."
The #DemConvention easter eggs continue: Elizabeth Warren has #BLM in this shot pic.twitter.com/N71xfX0v7N— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 20, 2020
But others said Warren, an avowed supporter of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, had not earned the right to display the three ideology-laden letters.
this is so insulting.— 𝐣𝐞𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐭 𝐠𝐮𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐚 𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐢𝐨 🏳️🌈 (@disco_socialist) August 20, 2020
it took liberals the better part of a decade to not balk at the sentiment behind BLM & now it's alright because the prerequisite amount of white faces have put themselves in front of it.
BLM is not about Elizabeth Warren. https://t.co/ouOpVidPeb
For yet others, the colorful children's blocks triggered bitter memories of when Warren in January played the gender card against fellow leftie Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent, effectively breaking their truce as Democratic presidential primary candidates.
elizabeth warren giving her DNC talk with block letter spelling out "BLM" in the background when she was the tip of the spear in sabotaging bernie's campaign and helping destroy any possibility of transforming the racist criminal justice system is peak performative wokeness pic.twitter.com/qtHFlQ8hWS— ☀️👀 (@zei_squirrel) August 20, 2020
The speech: Warren didn't actually mention the Black Lives Matter movement in her remarks at the DNC, which has sought to project a moderate face to the American public.
- A former teacher, Warren focused on Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's childcare plan, saying: It's time to recognize that childcare is part of the basic infrastructure of this nation. It's infrastructure for families."
In keeping with the theme of the night, Warren also blamed President Donald Trump for the coronavirus pandemic and the associated economic collapse — crises she said were "falling hardest on black and brown families."
Warren's address went smoother than her appearance at a meeting of the Native American Caucus during the previous night of the DNC.
- Internet trolls overran that event's chatroom with mockery of Warren's past exaggerations about her Native American ancestry.