Warren Silenced on Senate Floor During Sessions' Confirmation Hearing
It was a wild scene Tuesday night on Capitol Hill as Senate Democrats staged another overnight debate, this time attempting to block the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general.
Outspoken Liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was silenced after reciting a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., criticizing 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."
"The senator has impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama, as warned by the chair," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as he invoked the rule.
Warren said she was "surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate." "I ask leave of the Senate to continue my remarks," she said.
When McConnell objected, Warren attempted to appeal to no avail.
"Objection is heard," said Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) who was presiding in the chamber. "The senator will take her seat."
In a party-line vote, 49-43, senators upheld Daines' decision, which formally silenced Warren on the Senate floor until Sessions’ nomination is complete.
After the vote, the hashtag #LetLizSpeak spread on social media among her supporters.
#LetLizSpeak truth always wins!
— Jumpin Jimmy Bean (@lightner13) February 8, 2017
— Allison Cole (@allisongrace21) February 8, 2017
— Paula Bana (@paula_bana) February 8, 2017
— AngryMom (@AngryMomx3) February 8, 2017
We need someone with a SPINE like Sen. Warren to stand up to a tyrant like Doanld Trump. Silencing Elizabeth Warren? NEVER! #LetLizSpeak
— Voice of Reason (@raggapegs) February 8, 2017
#LetLizSpeak If this doesn't fire up the Democrats and disgusted Republicans mad at their party - nothing will.
— Kamgirl (@Kamgirl47) February 8, 2017
Rule #1 in "How to Destroy a Democracy": Silence the dissenters #LetLizSpeak
— B. A. Mahrab (@BAMahrab) February 8, 2017
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