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A black business owner walked out on Elizabeth Warren's presidential announcement—here's why

'There wasn't any way for me to identify with the things she was saying'

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Johnhaynes Honeycutt is a black small business owner from Massachusetts who identified as an Elizabeth Warren supporter. Part-way through Warren's presidential announcement, however, Honeycutt felt differently, according to the Washington Examiner.

Honeycutt was in the audience for Warren's speech, posted in an extremely visible spot right behind Warren. So it was easy to see when Honeycutt, who was wearing a lime-green shirt, decided he'd had enough and walked out.

Honeycutt told the Examiner that he just wasn't connecting with Warren's message, so he decided to leave.

"I was an Elizabeth Warren supporter, but I found at the event there wasn't any way for me to identify with the things she was saying," Honeycutt said. "That's why I walked out."

Warren's political message is all about taking the power away from the nation's wealthiest citizens and taxing them more heavily to create theoretically more equal economic conditions.

Honeycutt told the Washington Examiner he was disappointed that she wasn't focusing more on how to help those who come from blue collar, small town backgrounds achieve great success:

"She's a small-town girl, and her family were blue-collar, and now she's in this position,. Rather than taxing and fighting the rich and using that as her only focus, she should be focusing on opening up opportunities for the people that are in the same position she was once in.

"There are so many minorities that are doing well in this country, and I feel like Elizabeth Warren should be using her platform to illustrate that end of it."

One of Warren's proposed plans is to tax the holdings of anyone with more than $50 million in assets at an annual rate of 2 percent, and to tax billionaires at a 3 percent rate. A George Washington University law professor recently wrote in The Washington Post that her tax plan is "probably unconstitutional."

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