Elizabeth Warren has listed her preferred pronouns in her Twitter profile, and some right-wingers are freaking out.
Twitter observers first noticed Friday morning that Warren had added “She/hers” to the profile on her presidential campaign page. The profile lists several other facts about the Massachusetts Democrat, including that she’s a U.S. senator, founder of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and a wife, mother, and grandmother.
Fellow Democratic presidential hopefuls Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and a cabinet official in President Obama’s administration, and Bill de Blasio, the current mayor of New York City, have also listed pronouns in their Twitter accounts, but it’s Warren’s action that’s really raised the hackles of conservatives.
Ryan Fournier, a Republican consultant and head of Students for Trump, led the charge against her.
Commenters on Fournier’s tweet piled on, with some making remarks about Warren’s onetime claim of Native American identity (a DNA test has revealed she has only a small percentage of Native American ancestry, and she has apologized for having referred to herself as Native American).
Surprised it doesn't read Chief/Elder.
— Turkalicious aka Russian Guyovich (@OU_TURK) July 19, 2019
She forgot to put her Native American heritage!!
— Anna Banana (@fleurdelys10034) July 19, 2019
*waiting for the other bandwagon Democrats to jump on board so they can remain seen as ‘the MOST progressive’*
— Defend Trump (@Defend_Trump) July 19, 2019
But others, including transgender activist Ashlee Marie Preston, pointed out that pronouns do matter, and they praised Warren for recognizing this. And they got in some digs about Fournier’s sensitivity about the matter.
And your point is...? I have my pronouns on my CV and on my work e-mail signature. This is nothing new. Does all of this upset you?
— Mary P. (@thTripX) July 19, 2019
Why are you such a snowflake that pronouns offend you?
— Bill from Ohio (@BillGordon2230) July 19, 2019