During the confirmation of Trump’s pick to lead the Department of Justice Jeff Sessions, Elizabeth Warren began to read from a letter written in 1986 by Martin Luther King Jr’s wife Coretta Scott King. In the letter King criticized Sessions’ record on voting rights, saying the Voting Rights Act “was, and still is, vitally important to the future of democracy in the United States.”
As Warren was reading from the letter she was stopped by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell who invoked Senate Rule 19, which forbids senators from suggesting another senator is guilty of “any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”
Republicans might have been able to silence Warren but the internet is dandy tool and we were able to collect the letter for the people to read.
Multiple Senate Democrats were enraged at the Republican’s action to silence Warren, including Bernie Sanders who expressed his outrage of the situation.
“The idea that a letter, a statement made by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., a letter that she wrote, could not be presented and spoken about here on the floor of the Senate, is to me incomprehensible,” Sanders said on the Senate floor on Wednesday. “I want the American people to make a decision whether or not we should be able to look at Senator Sessions’ record and hear from one of the heroines of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Feel free to share the letter around, don’t let your voice be silenced!