Warren Silenced For Reading Coretta Scott King Letter at Sessions Debate

In addition, Warren's video on Facebook had 2.2 million views an hour after the MA senator went live - with the King letter probably ending up being more widely circulated than if Warren had actually been allowed to finish her speech on the Senate floor.

Jefferson Sessions' racism ahead of his confirmation vote for the position of attorney general, but she was silenced by Republicans.

US Senate Republicans voted on Tuesday night to silence Elizabeth Warren for reading out a letter from the widow of Martin Luther King during a debate over the nomination of Jeff Sessions for attorney general, eliciting furious response from Democrats. But the rule, under which Warren was censured and prevented from continuing with her remarks, is rarely invoked.

Daines went on to say that the letter and Warren's reading of it was not necessarily what he had been talking about when he reminded her of the Senate rule.

Following the formal call to order, Warren was barred from speaking again during the debate on the nominee.

Until well past 2 am, Senate Democrats held the floor talking about their outrage about the decision. Then-Sen. John McLaurin of SC raced into the Senate chamber and claimed that fellow South Carolinian Sen.

Unlike Warren, however, the Oregon Senator spoke without an interruption from McConnell.

Other Democratic senators read from the letter Tuesday night after she was told to sit down, and more did so Wednesday morning. Sessions resigned his Senate seat shortly after his colleagues approved him on a 52-47 vote that broke largely along partisan lines.

HRH Warren isn't a victim, even if she enjoys feeling she is, and Republicans aren't trying to get her to "shut up", as if that's possible. She will not be allowed to speak from the floor until the end of Sessions' nomination process; the vote is expected Wednesday evening.

Soon, people were tweeting the hashtags #LetLizSpeak and #ShePersists in support of Warren.

And Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, said Warren is owed "an apology". Let Elizabeth Warren speak. Ted Kennedy and criticized Sessions, who was at the time a nominee to be a federal judge.

"She was warned. She was given an explanation", McConnell said. "Sessions' abysmal record of opposition to fundamental civil rights and environmental protections disqualifies him for service as head of our federal department dedicated to justice for everyone in our country. They were cordial, and so we continue to have good relations and will continue to do the best I can".

  • Leroy Wright