Warren Staffers Get Very Unwoke Tattoos

Warren Staffers Get Very Unwoke Tattoos

Warren Staffers Get Very Unwoke Tattoos

Elizabeth Warren staffers wanted to have something permanent to remember those heady days in her ill-fated campaign. So, as millennials do, they decided to get tattoos. However, also like millennials, their lack of historical knowledge made their choice . . . let’s say questionable, to be kind.

The Warren staffers deleted the tweets in which they showed off their new body art. But you know that the internet is forever.

First of all, a little background here: Warren chose the color “Liberty Green” as the official color of the campaign. The color has a “hex number,” which, in short, is the number a graphic artist plugs into painting applications to obtain a specific color. The Warren staffers apparently thought it would be cool to tattoo the hex number onto their skin, perhaps as an esoteric reminder of the good ol’ days when Liz thought she could be president.

Unfortunately, however, these two numb nuts decided to place the numbers on their arms. And what group of people famously carried number tattoos on their forearms?

Bingo! Holocaust victims.


And, like the internet, tattoos are forever too, amirite?

Here are the deleted tweets of the two Warren staffers showing off their fresh body art.

warren staffers


Of course, Twitter readers called them out. And as millennials are also wont to do, they apologized profusely.

First, Eric Ziminsky:

“Hey y’all, I’m sorry as well, and will be making modifications. Thank you for holding us accountable on our mistakes. I would recommend for folks who are thinking of a similar tattoo, please look for alternatives such as, pinky promise, logo, persist, or DBFH.”

Second, Raquel Breternitz:

“Thanks to all who called me on this. I do not want to evoke or make light of the Holocaust. I apologise for missing the mark. I am here to listen and will strive to be better at living in solidarity with my Jewish friends. I’m sorry, and I will take steps to modify the tattoo.”

But how does any “woke” young adult miss this? Because when I was much younger than these two nimrods, I was aware that Jews were placed in death camps simply because they were Jews.

Let me tell you a little story.

When I was younger — much younger than the Warren staffers — I went to a diner with my family, and I recall walking near an older man sitting in a booth. He had a tattoo on his forearm, and I had my suspicions that maybe he had been in a concentration camp (I didn’t hear the word “Holocaust” until I was older). So I asked my parents if that was the case, and my mother told me yes, he probably had been in a camp.

I never forgot that. So why did I know about the tattoos, even at a young age, and these two millennials didn’t? Obviously there’s a tragic lack of historical education. Or perhaps they’re only learning that which supports a progressive agenda.

But there’s another aspect of this sorry tale that I noticed: the abject apologies these staffers put forth. It’s not enough to simply say they’re sorry. No, they grovel like puppies.

“Thank you for holding us accountable on our mistakes.” “I am here to listen and to strive to be better. . .”

Does this not sound like a Maoist “struggle session” during the Cultural Revolution? When offenders had to confess their alleged “crimes” against Mao and the communist party?

Warren staffers

Credit: Wikimedia Commons/public domain.

Today the Twitter mob serves as a sort of Red Guard, trying to destroy the lives of those who post the “wrong” things at Twitter. But progressive Twitter users are also willing to abjectly confess their alleged sins, like good little brainwashed socialists. “I will listen and strive to be better.” “Thank you for pointing out my sins against wokeness.” It all fits with these Warren staffers, doesn’t it?

Wonder if they’ll be able to get those tatts removed? Perhaps they’ll tweet about that as part of their confessions.


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  • Drew458 says:

    Call it Liberty Green all you want. B7E4CF is medium sage. A blah boring light green your granny would choose to repaint the kitchen or the downstairs bathroom.

  • John M Casteel says:

    Years ago a friend used the term “numb nuts” (love you using it!) to describe a female associate not of his liking. That was in the 20th Century when we still had only two genders so I assumed he was as confused as Slow Joe on a bad day. Maybe he was just ahead of his time!

    • Kim Hirsch says:

      I’m glad you appreciate the term. I used it when talking to my dad one time, and he laughed and told me he hadn’t heard that in a long time. He served in WWII, so I wonder if it started there?
      Perfect term for these idiots, though.

    • Joe in PNG says:

      My Grandpop, former Air Corps Sargent who worked his way up to USAF Major, used hornorific that a fair bit.

  • Jim says:

    “Today the Twitter mob serves as a sort of Red Guard, trying to destroy the lives of those who post the “wrong” things at Twitter.”

    Absolutely, but committing some breach of Twitter etiquette – perhaps that’s a contradiction in terms – is not required for Wokels to confess. I read today that the famous Daniel Radcliffe has publicly declared he is feeling guilty because his honest in film travails have made him very rich. I cannot see why anyone who has laboured honestly and diligently should feel guilty at earning a good wage, but perhaps work is a dirty four letter word to the envious brain dead on the Twitterverse.

  • MortMain says:

    They’ll have us all on the welfare plantation some day.

  • Jake says:

    Tattoos on their forearms? I’m sure that many, many other people have had tattoos there as well as all other parts of the body. The complaint seems silly.

  • Fen says:

    Reminds me of David Hogg and his sister introducing their “armbands” to show support for gun control.

    …no historical awareness whatsoever.


  • Johann Amadeus Metesky says:

    I learned how to swim at the Detroit Jewish Community Center when I was five or six years old and was there a lot during my childhood. Every time that Fritz, the locker room attendant, would hand me a towel and a locker key, I’d see the Holerith number that started with A (for Aushwitz) on his arm. The Nazis tattooed Jews to keep track of them with automated card readers, but also because Jews have a religious prohibition against tattoos.

    • Luke says:

      Hi, Johann. Christians also have a prohibition against tattoos, but like bearing false witness, sex outside of (heterosexual!) marriage, etc., it’s increasingly ignored en masse.

  • GL says:

    This error of judgement is probably more the result of poor education than anything else, but I’ve played bridge with a man who had a Nazi concentration camp tattoo … I admired him for not hiding it and simply rolling up his sleeve when the room got warm.

    That was 30 years ago, but trust me, I didn’t need to be *told* what the damn number meant. My education outside my professional fields is more limited than I like, but it’s apparently not as bad as the current generation’s. Although I suspect old geezers have been saying that for longer than I’ve been alive.

    Let’s take the positive from this: now a lot of people know:
    1. Don’t use a sucky green colour for your faux-Presidential campaign
    2. The real Nazis did tattoo numbers on their concentration camps’ inmates.

    There have been other evil regimes before and after the Nazis, but they do still set the standard, despite what the American press says about anyone they don’t like.

  • LS says:

    Tattooing the hex number instead of using the actual color is idiotic in itself.
    It’s like carrying your wife’s Social Security card in your wallet instead of her picutre.
    What’s the point?

    • Hate_me says:

      You should see my wife before you start asking why I don’t carry her picture with me… kidding, of course. No woman will have me.

      Beyond the utter idiocy of these tattoos (and though the hex# tattoo is stupid, it would better show their intent than trusting both that the inker mixed the proper shade and that it wouldn’t fade with time), the idea that wrist tattoos should be verboten reminds me of those Norse Olympic sweaters from a few years ago – they displayed a couple of traditional runes but, because a few white supremacist douchebags adopted one as their symbol, many of those athletes jettisoned a significant aspect of Norwegian culture and refused to wear symbols that could be misconstrued.

      The parallels aren’t perfect, as those Norse athletes made their choice out of awareness of the subject matter while the Warren morons made theirs out of ignorance (and the willfully ignorant should rightfully be shunned), but both handed power over how they decorate their bodies to those who shouldn’t ever be given any extra power. The sweater was classy while the wrist tattoo was in poor taste, but what would those kids do if they didn’t have the freedom to be tasteless?

    • GWB says:

      It’s a color that would not look good on human skin, I would think. At least by itself. People would wonder if they were ill.

      Now, if they tattooed their whole body with that color, I’d be impressed with their level of commitment. Of course, I do think they need to be committed……..

    • Forbes says:

      The point? Well, it’s like the secret clubs/groups/cliques adolescents organize to prove their affinity and connection, like gang colors or a secret handshake. But then like all Millennials, they have to do it with a tattoo so that others will ask about it, because while having zero life accomplishments, all they have to talk about their latest tattoo. Solipsism and narcissism in one package.

  • JeffH says:

    I suspect these 2 actually DID know they were “evoking” the Holocaust. ‘Cause, you know, the struggle is REAL for a Warren staffer, man!!!

  • Quote: Unfortunately, however, these two numb nuts decided to place the numbers on their arms. And what group of people famously carried tattoos on their forearms? Bingo! Holocaust victims.

    Nazi SS troops were also tattooed. Their blood was put close to their armpits where a medic would be looking for a vein to give them blood. The Allies used that to spot the SS among their prisoners. However, some high-ranking SS officials, perhaps suspecting Germany would lose the war, weren’t tattooed.

    “The SS blood group tattoo was applied, in theory, to all Waffen-SS members, except members of the British Free Corps. It was a small black ink tattoo located on the underside of the left arm, usually near the armpit.”

  • GWB says:

    As I’ve said before, there’s been a lot of history added to the books since you and I were in school, Kim. WW2 was still only 30 years in the past when I was in school. It’s now more than double that. The things that were “current events” to us – added on top of the history we learned – are history to these knuckleheads. Between that and the Zinn/Chomsky leanings of a lot of curricula, I’m sure they are ignorant of a lot of important bits of history.

    But it’s not always just the fault of their teachers, etc. Some of it is simply the fault of time – we’re old we know old stuff.

    (I would guess the extent of their WW2 history is “Hitler bad. Killed lots of Jews/LGBTQWERTY/Romani in concentration camps. Allies, including Soviet Union and Europeans, beat him. Oh yeah, and we nuked Japan. Bad America.”)

    Oh, one other thing. This is very gnostic of them. Only people really into her campaign would understand the reference, and honestly a subset of them (the ones who know html hexadecimal colors). This is a way of signaling to the rest of the in-group that they belong. It’s “secret knowledge”, like a Mason handshake*. More evidence that this is a religion to vast numbers of these people.
    (* Not bashing Masons, I simply seem to recall they had a secret method for identification – handshake or something – at one time. You don’t like that example, pick another one.)

    • Wyldkat says:

      I simply seem to recall they had a secret method for identification – handshake or something – at one time.

      Yes, there is a hand shake as well as certain signs and passwords. Pretty much all branches of the Masonic family have them. No, I do not know the Mason’s signs, wrong sex. Yes, I do know the signs to some of the distaff branches.

    • Jim says:

      “Oh yeah, and we nuked Japan. Bad America.”

      And had the two A bombs not been dropped all Allied POWs in the hands of the Japanese [including my Father-in-Law, a B 29 pilot] would have been executed according to a standing order of the Imperial Leadership at the first sign of an Allied troop invasion on the Japanese Home Islands.

  • Bill McNutt says:

    They are unlikely to get them removed. The practice dejure is getting a larger tattoo OVER the one you don’t want anymore.

  • GL says:

    The point that “current events” change vs age is very valid. I know a girl who studied the Cold War as *history*. (Shudder.)
    Not that there was anything wrong with her or her education: she just hadn’t grown up under the threat of “the bomb”. I provided one reference I hope she found useful.

  • John V. Burger says:

    Excellent article. I especially liked the reference to the “struggle sessions.” Warren did that when she realized that she would have to come clean about her lack of Native American descent (well, only 1024th, to be exact – and that was Peruvian Native American, to boot). She said she “has learned” from her mistake. To me that simply means, “I have moved on; you should, too. I mean, don’t we have more important things to discuss?”

    As for these two idiots, they should be reminded of their stupidity on an hourly basis. Perhaps an hourly reminder from their cell phones telling them that numbered tattooes are too frighteningly similar to Nazi concentration camps and the horrors committed against Jews for simply being Jews. But, if you think about it, Sanders and Warren do represent that move toward the totalitarian Left to conform to progressive ideology or you will be reeducated. Up until very recently, I thought there were two sexes – apparently, I was sadly mistaken. Oh, and science is settled on causes of global climate changes.


  • mrsizer says:

    I’m not sure I agree. Had I been foolish enough to do this, I think my response would be, “yeah, those Nazis were really into hexadecimal; you’re the idiot for not seeing the difference.”

    Hitler grew hair under his nose – so no one else can ever have a mustache. It’s the same line of argument.

  • Kris Cip says:

    It’s easy to see how millennial’s don’t know much about the holocaust. It is brushed over in school. It’s amazing that something so horrific that happened fewer than 100 years ago is almost forgotten. It’s just a small symbol of how self-absorbed American society has become.

    • Scott says:

      Yet we’re still beaten over the head about slavery on a daily basis… yeah, liberalism is a mental disorder…

  • Jim says:

    Speaking as a foreigner who lived and studied in the USA in the 1970s’-’80s I was more than a little amazed at the lack of knowledge about the world outside the USA and even information specific to the US ‘experience’ in college students I met at Indiana University [Bloomington] and elsewhere. For instance on four separate occasions I was asked from where I came as my Australian accent is somewhat ‘English’ due to my mother being English. I answered “Australia.” And the response was “Oh that’s next to Germany isn’t it?” On another occasion participating in a German language class the term ‘VFA’ came up – one of the student had a parent in the military. Neither the class instructor or any of the other 22 students knew what it meant until I explained it meant ‘Veteran of Foreign Wars’.

    • Joe in PNG says:

      To be fair, I’ve found a lot of people around the world to be ignorant of the rest of the world too.
      More than one European has thought that driving from Los Angles to New York would take a couple of hours, or that a drive from New York City to Disney World was just a quick hop.
      Likewise Sydney to Perth, or Cairns to Brisbane.

      • Jim says:

        Hi Joe, I can understand Europeans not being able to comprehend the scale of the continental US or Australia as they are all jammed together in a relatively small area. [Hitler made the same mistake when he invaded the USSR – he failed to comprehend the size of that nation.] However the students to whom I referred did not know where the continent of Australia was on the Earth and then confused it with Austria.

        • Joe in PNG says:

          Well, it has been a long time since ‘Crocodile Dundee’ was released and Steve Irwin died, so there’s that.
          One would think that the more recent Mad Max movie would have educated Americans about the current state of Australia, complete with warlords and such.

  • Tay says:

    To the auther of this article I can say only one thing, okay boomer.

    • Joe in PNG says:

      “Man Who Posts ‘OK Boomer’ In Response To Everything To Receive Netflix Comedy Special”

      U.S.—Looks like there’s a new giant in the competitive world of modern comedy: local Portland man Bill Patterson, who goes by the name “Billy Pants” on social media, is receiving his own Netflix comedy special after replying “OK boomer” to hundreds of different posts over the past week.

      The show will have Patterson stand up on stage and say “OK boomer” over and over again for a full 90 minutes. Patterson will call on people from the audience, and once they’re done asking a question or making a statement, he’ll just say “OK boomer” to uproarious laughter from the show’s laugh track.

      “I guess I just have a knack for comedy,” Patterson told reporters, shrugging. “It’s not that I’m a genius or anything, like those guys who say ‘This ain’t it chief’ on Twitter all the time. Those are the real heroes.”

      “I’m just an ordinary guy with a gift,” he added.

      Reporters suggested he start his own comedy YouTube channel or Facebook page, but he simply replied with, “OK boomer.”


    • Jim says:

      “… okay boomer.”

      Kindly explain what that means.

      • GWB says:

        It’s a way of being dismissive for the younger set, alluding to old age in the person being addressed. Tired of hearing how great older generations made America and the world when criticizing very First World problems (like pronouns), the privileged youngsters say “OK, Boomer” to dismiss the criticism.

        • Joe in PNG says:

          It also lets them pretend that they actually have made a sensible, logical, and factually correct argument, without actually having to do anything.
          Which is perfect for lazy Millennials.

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