News moves so fast these days, it’s difficult to keep up with the incredible amount of injustice occuring. Yesterday, Senator Elizabeth Warren was reading a letter that Coretta Scott King (Dr. Martin Luther King’s wife) had written to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986 opposing [Jeff] Sessions’ nomination for a federal judgeship as a matter of public record. Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell interrupted her stating that she was violating Senate Rule XIX — which prevents any senator from using “any form of words [to] impute to another Senator… any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” The Republicans took two votes which ended in silencing Senator Warren with a 43-50 vote.
This is outrageous. If a Senator cannot read or convey the views of the public if they are negative toward a nominee that is also a Senator, then that nominee will never have anything negative said about them despite the incompetence of that nominee. As Senator Chris Murphy stated in a tweet, “Rules against criticizing other Senators cannot apply when you are DEBATING THE NOMINATION OF A SENATOR!” Of course, they can’t.
Not only that, but while Senator Warren was not allowed to read the letter, Senator Jeff Merkley was allowed to continue reading much of the letter depite some of the content containing words to “impute to another Senator … any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.” So, was this the silencing of a woman, specifically?
Nevertheless, the Republicans shot themselves in the foot, because this subject is receiving tons of media attention. So read the letter. Watch the video below. Stop the Republicans if you value a true democracy.
UPDATE: Senator Bernie Sanders also read the letter in front of Congress without being silenced. More and more, this is looking like sexism – something that Trump and his Administration have condoned, something the the weak Republicans cannot stand up to even though they know it is wrong.