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Elizabeth Warren silenced during debate

Katie McDonnal, news editor

Photo by: Ryan Grim

During a debate on President Donald Trump’s Attorney General nomination, Jeff Sessions (R-AL), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) argued against the nomination and read a letter by Coretta Scott King from 1986 and a statement from former senator, Edward Kennedy (D-MA), that critiqued Sessions.
The letter urged Congress to block the vote for Sessions’ nomination to become a federal judge. The letter spoke of Sessions using intimidation to gain ballot votes from black citizens.
“I think she wants people to know that maybe there’s discrimination in the Senate, that there’s maybe corruption in the government,” said Ismael Flores, senior.
Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) warned Warren with an admonition at the beginning of her debate on the floor.
Warren began reading King’s letter before Senate Republicans cited Rule 19, which states, “No senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”
Majority Leader Mitch McGonnell rebuked Warren while speaking and after a 49 to 43 vote, Warren was no longer allowed to speak on the nomination.
After being silenced, Warren continued reading King’s letter outside Senate doors. Many Democratic supporters of Warren took to the internet to voice their support for Warren’s reading, using the hashtag across the internet, “She Will Persist.” Many supporters also posted the entire King letter on the web in support of Warren’s persistence.
“Warren’s persistence is a remarkable example of what senators should be, standing for the truth for the American people,” said senior Cooper Thayer, Vice President of Junior Statesmen of America.
Other senators supported Warren’s words by also reading from the letter, including Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Tom Udall (D-NM).
Sessions was confirmed on Feb. 8 for 84th Attorney General in a 52 to 47 vote.