These Democratic Senators Took Up Reading Coretta Scott King's Letter

Feb 12, 2017, 00:46
These Democratic Senators Took Up Reading Coretta Scott King's Letter

California Sen. Kamala Harris posted photos of women leaders such as Warren, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and former Texas legislator Wendy Davis with these words on the photos: "She was warned".

It's that last part that quickly caught fire on social media, nearly immediately trending as #ShePersisted as soon as the words were public.

Coretta Scott King, the widow of slain civil-rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., wrote a letter opposing Jeff Sessions' failed nomination to a federal judge position.

Ms. Warren's crime was, according to Mr. McConnell, a violation of Senate Rule XIX, which states that no senator shall "impute to another senator or to other senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a senator".

McConnell and other Republicans said Warren violated Senate rules.

Her crime was simple and her punishment symbolic: Warren had meant to read the letter that the late Coretta Scott King sent to the Senate in 1986 to oppose the nomination of Sessions, then Alabama attorney general, to be a federal judge.

King wrote that when acting as a federal prosecutor, Sessions used his power to "chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens".

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No longer allowed to speak during the debate about Sessions on the Senate floor, Warren refused to be silenced.

"Although I would be glad to repeat it in my own words", she said.

MSNBC adds, "The Senate voted along partisan lines, 49-43, to admonish Warren".

A number of Democratic senators threw their support behind Warren. Sen. Because, for an entire day, Trump was not the most talked-about person in Washington; Senator Elizabeth Warren-and by proxy, Coretta Scott King-was. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., "selective enforcement".

Said Lemon, "The interesting thing is now [that Sessions] is being considered for attorney general, how are you supposed to criticize him in any way?" Jeff Merkley of OR all read the letter out loud.

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