‘Give me a hug’: Elizabeth Warren shares tearful moment with LGBT+ teenager at rally
Independent: Elizabeth Warren shared an emotional moment with a high school student during an Iowa campaign event that ended in tears and the 2020 presidential candidate hugging the young voter.
The Massachusetts Democrat spoke in Marion, Iowa on Sunday night when she was asked about acceptance by the 17-year-old, who reportedly identifies as part of the LGBT+ community.
“I was wondering if there was ever a time in your life where somebody you really looked up to maybe didn’t accept you as much,” asked Raelyn, who requested to only be referred to by her first name, “and how you dealt with that?”
Raelyn choked back tears as she posed the question to Ms Warren, who took a pause before sharing a story about her own struggle for acceptance from her mother at a younger age.
“Yeah … My mother and I had very different views of how to build a future”, the senator replied. “She wanted me to marry well, and I really tried, and it just didn’t work out. And there came a day when I had to call her and say, this is over. I can’t make it work. And I heard the disappointment in her voice. I knew how she felt about it.”She added: “But I knew it was the right thing to do.”
The Democrat has previously detailed similar conflicts she had with her mother, writing about a disagreement the two had over college in her 2017 book titled This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America’s Middle Class.
Ms Warren divorced her first husband after reportedly giving up a college scholarship in order to be with him and raising their two children. She has been with her current husband, Bruce Mann, for 35 years.
“Sometimes you just gotta do what’s right inside and hope that maybe the rest of the world will come around to it”, she told Raelyn on Sunday. “And maybe they will and maybe they won’t, but the truth is, you gotta take care of yourself first.