On Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was banned from speaking further in the confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions after she violated a long-established Senate rule.
In a speech regarding her disapproval of the nomination of Sessions as attorney general, Warren began quoting a three-decade-old letter from Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow, Coretta Scott King.
However, Warren’s citing this letter violated Senate Rule XIX by ‘‘impugning the motives’’ of Sessions.
The rule was pointed out by Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Following a discussion on the violation, the GOP-controlled Senate voted 49-to-43 to silence Warren from further speaking during the hearing process for Sessions.
See Warren be stopped from speaking:
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” McConnell said about silencing Warren.
Political figures on both sides of the aisle were baffled by the unfolding events of the violation.“This place is going to devolve into nothing but a jungle,” said Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, who also added that both sides “should be ashamed” over how childish the hearings have become.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer called the move “totally unnecessary.”
Officials from the Democratic National Committee also commented that it is a “sad day in America when the words of Martin Luther King Jr’s widow are not allowed on the floor of the United States Senate.”
One particularly vocal critic of the silencing was Warren herself. Following the vote to forbid her from speaking, Warren took to Twitter and wrote, “I will not be silent about a nominee for AG who has made derogatory & racist comments that have no place in our justice system.”
According to The New York Times, Warren later went on Facebook Live to finish reading the letter from King. The live stream attracted more than 2 million views, and users commented with hashtags such as #LetLizSpeak and #ShePersisted.
Despite Warren’s efforts, Sessions is expected to be confirmed as attorney general Wednesday night.
H/T: Fox News
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