On Tuesday night, Senator Elizabeth Warren took to the floor of the Senate to give a speech opposing the confirmation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general.
But Warren’s speech came to an abrupt end when she was silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for attempting to read a letter penned in 1986 by Coretta Scott King, activist and wife of MLK, to oppose Sessions’ appointment to a federal judgeship.
McConnell prohibited Warren from reading the letter on the grounds that it “impugned the motives and conduct” of Sen. Sessions. Read more
“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.
Elizabeth Warren was denied her right to speak on the Senate floor last night when she tried to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King.
The letter was written by Martin Luther King’s widow when Senator Jeff Sessions was nominated to be a judge in the 80’s. It pleaded that he not be allowed to come to power I this way because of all his racist actions and beliefs.
The letter was not allowed to be read in the Senate then and it’s not being allowed now.
Republicans sited a rule that says, basically, that Senators can’t insult each other on the floor. This is ridiculous though as Senator Warren wasn’t insulting him so much as raising concerns about his nomination.
How can we vet nominees if we can’t question negative aspects of them?
The GOP is trying to silence us and bully us into compliance. Do not allow this.
I’ve included a copy of Mrs. King’s letter.
Maybe they can silence Senator Warren on the floor… But they cannot silence a chorus of resistance.
At a town hall in West Virginia, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders earned praise from coal industry workers for doing what Mitch McConnell won’t.
“I’d never dreamed I’d get a chance to thank you personally for the bill that you cosponsored,” a retired coal miner told Sanders on Monday during a televised town hall event hosted by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.
The coal miner was referencing the Miners Protection Act, a bill introduced by Sanders, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin and 24 other lawmakers from both parties.
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