By a 49-to-43 vote, Senate rules that Elizabeth Warren broke rule impugning a senator. She now cannot speak during debate on Jeff Sessions.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) February 8, 2017
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 8, 2017
It’s not as though Mitch McConnell would be going down in the record books for any positive actions, after all. Given the history of Southern racists’ fragile ‘honor’, I suppose we should be grateful these ‘gentlemen’ are no longer allowed to carry weapons in the chamber. Per the Washington Post:
Senate Republicans passed a party-line rebuke Tuesday night of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for a speech opposing attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions, striking down her words for impugning the Alabama senator’s character.
In an extraordinarily rare move, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) interrupted Warren’s speech, in a near-empty chamber as debate on Sessions’s nomination heads toward a Wednesday evening vote, and said that she had breached Senate rules by reading past statements against Sessions from figures such as the late senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and the late Coretta Scott King….
“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation,” he said. “Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Other Democrats later came to her defense and tried to have King’s letter placed into the Senate record. But Republican senators quickly objected. They did so again when Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), the chamber’s only African American woman, asked that Warren be allowed to resume participation in the debate…
Public reaction quickly intensified online. RedBubble.com, an online clothing website for independent designers, began selling a “She Persisted” T-shirt or sweatshirt — seizing on McConnell’s admonition of Warren. Democrats began using #LetLizSpeak on Twitter and posted copies of King’s letter on Facebook to draw more attention to Warren’s speech…
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) February 8, 2017
— Sen. Maggie Hassan (@SenatorHassan) February 8, 2017
"Nevertheless, she persisted" is likely showing up on a lot of protest signs this weekend. https://t.co/dbA1UaqwUU
— Rebecca Traister (@rtraister) February 8, 2017
Wherein the United States Senate discovers a phenomenon known as the Streisand Effect. https://t.co/5EjITsMrQT
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) February 8, 2017
— Lauren Victoria (@LVBurke) February 8, 2017
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) February 8, 2017
(Olivia Pope would’ve told McConnell he was making a serious mistake, one suspects.)