McConnell Silences Warren During Debate for Pointing Out Sessions is a Racist
Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the senate floor by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for opposing the confirmation of Jeff Sessions for attorney general.
Warren was speaking out against Sessions, as we other democrats, but when she began reading a letter Coretta King , the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, wrote in 1986 asking the senate not to confirm Sessions for a federal judgeship, Warren was interrupted by McConnell.
Coretta King wrote in part: “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”
She was referring to Sessions time as US attorney for the state of Alabama.
McConnell said Warren “has impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama”, then set forth a series of roll-call votes to punish Warren.
The senate majority leader cited the letter from Coretta King as the reason for the silencing of Warren. In a 49 to 43 vote, the Republicans invoked Rule 19 of the senate which states that senators cannot “directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”
Warren was forced to relinquish the floor and forbidden to speak during the reminder of the debate over Sessions’ nomination. She commented: “I am surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate.”
I will not be silent about a nominee for AG who has made derogatory & racist comments that have no place in our justice system.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 8, 2017
After being banned from reading Coretta’s letter on the senate floor, Warren took to Facebook Live and continued reading the civil rights leader’s window’s words.
She told CNN that the GOP “can shut me up, but they can’t change the truth. I literally can’t be recognized on the floor of the Senate. I have become a nonperson during the discussion of Jeff Sessions.”