Published February 7, 2017
WASHINGTON – Feeling their power Senate Republicans flexed their muscles on the U.S. Senate floor on Tuesday night when they silenced Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren as she was reading a letter by the Reverend Martin Luther King’s widow, Coretta Scott King, denouncing the racist tactics of Republican Senator and Attorney General-nominee Jeff Sessions.
Warren had just finished a statement by the late Senator Edward Kennedy made in 1986 when Sessions was denied a federal judgeship by the U.S. Senator. “He is, I believe, a disgrace to the Justice Department and he should withdraw his nomination and resign his position,” Kennedy stated in 1986,
Warren then began reading a letter Coretta Scott King opposing Sessions when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) had her silenced for “impugning” the Alabama senator’s character.
“Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens,” King wrote in the letter, referencing Sessions conduct towards African Americans when he was U.S. Attorney in Alabama.
As Warren read King’s letter, McConnell had had enough of the reading of the truth.
He had her silenced. Voting down party lines, Republican senators silenced Warren for the rest of the debate on whether Sessions should become Attorney General.
Many people, including American Indians, are concerned Sessions, if confirmed, will uphold laws protecting African Americans, Latinos and American Indians.