Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is being widely criticized on Tuesday for pandering to millennials by posting a live video Q&A on Instagram while chugging on a beer.
The 69-year-old Warren cracked open a beer on-camera on an Instagram livestream on New Year’s Eve, and took questions from followers.
The seemingly-spontaneous video channeled similar social-media efforts by former Texas Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke and incoming New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, following Warren’s announcement Monday that she is forming an exploratory committee for a 2020 run.
‘I’m here in my kitchen, uh, and um, I thought maybe we’d just take some questions and I’d see what I can do,’ Warren began as she looked into a camera apparently set up on a countertop.
She continued: ‘It’s been kind of an amazing day. So, today, I, um, got up early this morning, and, uh, talked to a bunch of folks on the phone, and then went outside and talked to the press — and this is our house, and has been for a long time, and there are all these reporters, and trucks, and everybody outside the house.’
Shortly afterwards she said: ‘Hold on a second — I’m gonna get me a beer,’ and walked out of view of the camera.
Warren, who has a proven track record as a small-dollar fundraiser, announced upon returning that she has already received donations from individuals in all 50 states, the District, and Puerto Rico, adding: ‘It really has been an exciting day,’ she said.
She told followers she and her husband would be following their usual New Year’s Eve routine: ‘We watch Casablanca, we get some good food … and, um, we sit there upstairs and we watch Casablanca.’
She added the movie fills her with hope.
Ocasio-Cortez, 29, used Instagram stories and livestreams during her run last year to connect with her…