Republican senators voted on Tuesday to formally silence a Democratic colleague for impugning a peer, Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, by condemning his nomination for attorney general while reading a letter from Coretta Scott King. [New York Times]
REPUBLICANS DID nothing in 2016 when Senator Ted Cruz charged that then-Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was “lying over and over again.” It was ignored when Senator Tom Cotton hung the mantle of a “cancerous leadership” on Democratic leader, Senator Harry Reid.
It was just too much for Republican Senators when they heard Senator Elizabeth Warren reading Coretta Scott King’s letter on the Senate floor. The letter Mrs. King wrote to urge denial of Jeff Sessions to the federal bench, 30 years ago. So Republican senators formally SILENCED the most powerful woman in the Senate.
Senator Warren is a feminist so it didn’t stop her.
During the debate on whether to make Jeff Sessions the next Attorney General, I tried to read a letter from Coretta Scott King on the floor of the Senate. The letter, from 30 years ago, urged the Senate to reject the nomination of Jeff Sessions to a federal judgeship. The Republicans took away my right to read this letter on the floor – so I’m right outside, reading it now. – Senator Elizabeth Warren
The confirmation of Senator Jeff Sessions for United States Attorney General is what caused the censoring of a woman lawmaker, when her male colleagues have been ignored for their own thrown insults inside the Senate chamber.
For someone of my generation, it came as a shocking admission that a woman’s voice is STILL the most dangerous of all. Growing up watching Gloria Steinem raise hell, to witness Republican senators formally muzzle Warren is evidence that we’ve been thrown back decades since November 2016.
That Senator Warren was made mute during a reading Coretta Scott King’s letter conjures up the bigotry, racism, and lack of fealty to the U.S. Constitution that represents Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination to be the country’s top lawyer.
“Our colleagues want to try to make this all about Coretta Scott King, and it is not,” he said.
But when Senator Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, sought clarification, he was informed that while a warning was issued over the letter from Mr. Kennedy, the ruling itself hinged on Mrs. King’s letter. That judgment came from Senator Mike Rounds, Republican of South Dakota, who had taken over as the presiding officer.