Elizabeth Warren might rise in the polls, but you wouldn't know about the size of the crowd who heard her speak Friday.
The Massachusetts senator spoke Friday at a sparsely visited environmental forum in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
The auditorium where the event took place seemed like it could hold hundreds of spectators, but there were no more than a few dozen to watch while watching the event.
According to Bloomberg News, Warren appeared on the podium after another Democratic candidate, billionaire businessman Tom Steyer, spoke at the forum.
Former home representative Joe Sestak and self-help author Marianne Williamson also spoke during the event.
Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts (above) delivered a sparsely attended environmental justice conference in Orangeburg, South Carolina on Friday
It seemed that there were only a few dozen people in the audience during the event, which was skipped by most of the Democratic candidates for the presidency
Most of the Democratic candidates in the race skipped the event.
When asked whether it is wrong for the Democratic Party not to organize an official debate devoted exclusively to the issue of climate change, Warren said, "Yes."
She was also asked if she agreed with one of her rivals, Senator Bernie Sanders, who said there should be no billionaires.
& # 39; No, & # 39; she said.
If someone succeeds and makes it big, "good for them," Warren said.
Warren was also reminded by moderator Amy Goodman that Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, does not want her to become president.
& # 39; Boo hoo, & # 39; Warren replied sarcastically.
Last month, leaked audio showed that Zuckerberg saw Warren as a threat to his company because of her call to disconnect the social network.
Zuckerberg was quoted as saying that it would & # 39; suck & # 39; if Warren was chosen and that it would probably force Facebook to go to court to block its administration's plans.
Warren on Friday reiterated her call for a wealth tax that would pay for a number of ambitious social programs, including Medicare for All.
Warren has levied an "ultra millionaire tax" that would give an annual tax of 2 percent on household wealth between $ 50 million and $ 1 billion.
The senator has also called for an annual extra-task of 1 percent billionaire (3 percent in total) on a household whose assets exceed $ 1 billion.
Warren was followed by another presidential rival, Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey
The billionaire businessman Tom Steyer from California spoke Friday for Warren in Orangeburg
Two other longshot candidates also appeared on the forum: Marianne Williamson (left) and former House Rep. Joe Sestak (right)
The rise of Warren to become the main challenger to front-runner Joe Biden has aroused concern among wealthy donors of the Democratic Party who say she is too liberal to beat Donald Trump in the general election.
Her plan to tax the richest Americans has also led to a setback, including from Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who said he can vote for Trump if Warren is the Democratic candidate.
& # 39; I have paid more than $ 10 billion in taxes & # 39 ;, said the multi-billionaire at a New York Times DealBook conference Wednesday.
& # 39; I have paid more in taxes than anyone. If I had to pay $ 20 billion, it's fine, & # 39; continued the Microsoft founder and philanthropist.
Billionaire Bill Gates interviewed Warren's tax plan on Wednesday and refused to say he would support her over President Donald Trump
In her response to Twitter, Warren offered to explain her tax plan to Gates
"But if you say I have to pay $ 100 billion, I will start making some math about what I have left," he joked.
That amount is in the margin of Gates & # 39; total estimated assets. Then he added: & # 39; Sorry, I'm just joking & # 39; to the chuckling of a live audience.
Gates also wondered if Warren, who came to power after destroying large banks as a consumer advocate in the fight against bankruptcy reform, & # 39; broad-minded & # 39; was – a feature that the Democratic presidential candidate quickly disputed.
He was asked if he wanted to talk to her.
& # 39; You know, I am not sure how broad-minded she is, or whether she would even be willing to sit down with someone, you know, who has large amounts of money, & # 39; said Gates, who comes second in the Forbes richest list.
The magazine estimates its wealth at $ 97 billion.
He avoided a direct question as to whether he would support Warren about Trump, saying that he was a candidate with a & # 39; more professional approach & # 39; then Trump will support.
He said he hopes that the & # 39; more professional candidate is an eligible candidate & # 39 ;.
He said he was all for & # 39; super progressive tax systems & # 39; as long as they were transparent.
Warren responded on Twitter: & # 39; I am always happy to meet people, even though we have different views. @BillGates, if we get the chance, I would like to explain exactly how much you would pay under my wealth tax. (I promise it's not $ 100 billion.).
Gates is not the only business titan that Warren has tackled this week.
Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, said CNBC on Tuesday that the Massachusetts senator "uses some pretty harsh words" and that "some say successful people are being slandered".
"I don't like to taunt anyone," Dimon said. "We must applaud successful people."
Warren responded to Dimon and said the economy works well for the rich and well-connected & # 39; like Dimon, and he doesn't want that to change.
Warren was also criticized this week by another billionaire, Jamie Dimon (above), the CEO of JPMorgan Chase
A billionaire has decided to refuse Warren the nomination. Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, submitted papers to participate in the race for the Democratic nomination.
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