Bernie Sanders and other Dem senators read the same letter that Elizabeth Warren was silenced for, daring the Republicans to do the same to them. Then called out Republicans for the double standard when they didn’t AND IT WAS GLORIOUS!
“I am surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate.” Mitch McConnell stopped Elizabeth Warren from reading Scott King’s letter in opposition to Sessions’ ‘86 federal nomination, saying Warren “impugned” the motives of Sessions.
The words were those of Coretta Scott King, widow of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
But they resulted in a rarely invoked Senate rule being used to formally silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
On the Senate floor Tuesday, Warren began reading from a letter Scott King wrote in 1986 objecting to President Reagan’s ultimately unsuccessful nomination of then-U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions to a federal district court seat.
Now-Sen. Sessions, R-Ala., is President Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general. Warren was speaking in the debate leading up to Sessions’ likely confirmation by the Senate Wednesday.
“No one said it better than Coretta Scott King, ‘Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.’ And if Senator Sessions won’t, then it is incumbent upon the rest of us to persist.“ — Kamala Harris
April 9, 1968: Coretta Scott King is pictured with her daughter, Bernice King, during the funeral of her husband, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia.
HUFFLEPUFF: “I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence.” –Coretta Scott King
Whatever you do today definitely don’t fax a copy of Coretta Scott King’s letter to Mitch McConnell’s office at (202) 224-2499. It might jam the lines and that’d be a shame.
Don’t call his office at (202) 224-2541 and read the entire letter to whoever or whatever answers.
I’d also advise not mailing a TON of copies of the letter to his office until it looks like an assault from Hogwarts. The address you definitely wouldn’t send that to is:
Sen. Mitch McConnell
317 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
A day after Senate Republicans invoked a conduct rule to end Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s speech against the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions as U.S. attorney general, a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King urging the Senate to reject Sessions’ nomination as a federal judge is gaining new prominence.
Warren was reading aloud from the letter by King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., when she was interrupted by the presiding chair of the Senate, who warned her of breaking Rule 19, which forbids members from imputing to a colleague “any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”
The warning mentioned Warren’s earlier quote of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who had called Sessions, then a U.S. attorney, a disgrace. But it was King’s letter that — more than 10 minutes after Warren finished reading it aloud Tuesday night — prompted Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to call her out of order. That resulted in Warren being silenced on the Senate floor.
In his objection, McConnell cited King’s accusation that Sessions had used “the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”