A trending topic on social-media sites Wednesday was raising fresh questions about the integrity of those platforms and their capacity to foment antipathy, or even disrupt democracy, rather than foster genuine political discourse ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
The hashtag #NeverWarren has been the most popular topic on Twitter TWTR, +1.25% following Tuesday’s closely watched Democratic debate in Iowa, the last such event prior to that state’s caucuses on Feb. 3, and it isn’t entirely clear why.
The trend emerged after the six-person debate’s conclusion, at which point Warren was seen approaching Sanders, who reaches forward for a handshake but is apparently snubbed by Warren. The two have described themselves as longtime friends.
Check out the YouTube footage of the encounter below via CBS News — it occurs at about the 11-second mark:
The exchange has seemingly revived hostilities between the two presidential candidates and their supporters, which both camps had appeared eager earlier Tuesday to put behind them.
Sanders and Warren are progressive candidates who are seen as having the best shots, along with former Vice President Joe Biden, of winning the Democratic nomination and ultimately going head-to-head with President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 contest for the White House. The 45th U.S. president is attempting to secure a second term on the back of a healthy economy and record highs on popular stock benchmarks including the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.31% , the S&P 500 SPX, +0.19% and the Nasdaq Composite COMP, +0.08% indexes.
At the heart of the tensions may be the Warren camp’s claim that Sanders — who serves in the Senate as an independent but is competing for a second time for the Democratic presidential nomination, having fallen short against eventual nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016 — told