WATCH: Cruz Slams Warren for 'Slanderous, Ugly' Attack on Sessions
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) blasted Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) for her "slanderous" attacks on their Senate colleague Jeff Sessions.
Senate Democrats staged another overnight debate Tuesday, this time attempting to block the confirmation of Sessions as attorney general.
Warren was silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after reciting a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King to criticize Sessions' record on civil rights. She also quoted Sen. Ted Kennedy's remarks from 1986 calling Sessions "a disgrace to the justice department."
The Senate's Rule XIX prohibits debating senators from ascribing "to another senator or to other senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator."
Cruz said on "America's Newsroom" today that Warren's statements about Sessions were "slanderous, demonstrably false [and] ugly."
"When the left doesn't have any other arguments, they go and just accuse everyone of being a racist," he said, calling that an "ugly part of the modern Democratic Party."
President Trump echoed those sentiments in an interview with Bill O'Reilly. Cruz said Warren and others on the left are still "angry at the voters" over the election and that she was "lashing out at the American people," as well as at Sessions.
A vote by the full Senate on Sessions' confirmation is expected later today.
McConnell's actions were immediately and harshly criticized by the left, with accusations of sexism. The hashtag #LetLizSpeak has been trending since the news broke.
Hiding from uncomfortable truths is WRONG #LetLizSpeak
— Ron Wyden (@RonWyden) February 8, 2017
In a Senate dominated by men, instructing a woman Senator to "take her seat" is outrageous. #LetLizSpeak
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) February 8, 2017
Watch the full interview with Sen. Cruz above.