Senator Elizabeth Warren seemingly has a plan for everything — including when it comes to matters of the heart.
Comedian Ashley Nicole Black tweeted an open call to the Massachusetts Democrat on Saturday, asking: “Do you think Elizabeth Warren has a plan to fix my love life?” Black was apparently referring to Warren’s unofficial campaign motto, “I have a plan for that.”
But it seems Black wasn’t quite prepared for the senator’s response the following day: “DM me and let’s figure this out.”
DM me and let’s figure this out.— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) May 19, 2019
Warren’s response had garnered more than 71,000 likes and 6,000 retweets by Monday afternoon, and prompted Black to fan-girl over Warren’s comments on Twitter and on her Instagram page — and spurred other users to comment.
I knew I could count on you.— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) May 19, 2019
It is the literal opposite of the presidential twitter we’ve had for the past two and a half years and I could not be any more here for it. 🙌🏻— Katie MacBride (@msmacb) May 19, 2019
Can I get in on this or— alanna bennett (@AlannaBennett) May 19, 2019
I AM GAGGED THIS IS AMAZING— samantha irby (@wordscience) May 19, 2019
As a longtime vocal Repub in Hollywood, she is slowly winning me over... 👀— Lana Walker (@CommChickLana) May 19, 2019
So what advice did Warren have to offer? Black, as well as her agent, did not immediately reply to a Globe request for comment, and messages left for Warren were not immediately returned.
But on Tuesday, Black tweeted an update on what Warren told her.
Guess who's crying and shaking and just talked to Elizabeth Warren on the phone?!?!? We have a plan to get my mom grandkids, it's very comprehensive, and it does involve raising taxes on billionaires.— Ashley Nicole Black (@ashleyn1cole) May 21, 2019
Warren, 69, has distinguished herself by adopting bold liberal policies in the early stage of campaigning in the 2020 Democratic primary, including proposals to break up tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Amazon, and levying a wealth tax on the assets of multimillionaires.
During a CNN town hall in March, she urged Congress to create a commission to study reparations for slavery, called on Mississippi to discard its Confederacy-themed state flag, and vowed to crack down on white supremacy if she were to become president. It was also when she first unveiled the new policy plank of abolishing the Electoral College.
“I think people have heard empty promises from politicians until they’re just sick to death of it. You’ve got to make this real,” Warren said during her March trip to the South.
However, those policies haven’t quite translated into taking Warren into the top tier of Democratic candidates. Although her proposals have triggered fund-raising spikes, Warren still lags in a crowded field, outraised by leading Democrats in the first quarter of 2019 after her decision to swear off pricey fund-raisers. And with former Vice President Joe Biden’s foray into the field last month, Warren’s support is behind others in the bordering state of New Hampshire, with voters there preferring Biden, Senator Bernie Sanders, and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg over the Massachusetts senator.
The much-circulated tweet is also a turnaround from the mixed reactions to Warren’s New Year’s Eve Instagram video, in which she drank a beer while reflecting on announcing her campaign earlier in the day. Some critics said the video came off as pandering to a younger audience.
Previous Globe coverage from Liz Goodwin and Jess Bidgood were used in this report.