There are few senators more beloved on the left than the inimitable Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). As the Democrats look to revamp their party and recover from their 2016 election losses, rumors abound that Warren may throw her hat in the ring during the 2020 presidential elections.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) may have already written her campaign slogan.
On the Senate floor on Tuesday night, Elizabeth Warren fought the good fight in arguing against the confirmation of Trump’s nomination for attorney general, Jeff Sessions (R-AL). Warren read a letter on the Senate floor from Coretta Scott King, wife of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from 1986 about Senator Sessions during the confirmation hearings.
‘My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting. Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.’
Warren was interrupted by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who insisted that she had “impugned” Sessions. The senate voted along party lines in a vote of 49-43 to rebuke Senator Warren and no longer allow her to speak during the remainder of the confirmation hearing.
McConnell gave an explanation for the rebuke:
‘Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.’
Social media was quick to latch on to McConnell’s words and use to them Warren’s advantage.
— Jessica Blum (@jessleighblum) February 8, 2017
— John Moffitt (@JohnRMoffitt) February 8, 2017
GOP, if you’re going to try to silence a woman, try not to inadvertently create a tremendous feminism rallying cry on the way #ShePersisted
— Master Mofeto (@MasterMofeto) February 8, 2017
I will remind my daughter of this every single day. #ShePersisted
— andy lassner (@andylassner) February 8, 2017
Warren may be silenced for the remainder of Sessions’ confirmation hearing, but during the time she was allowed to speak, she solidified her position as one of the left’s favorite feminist leaders and potential president candidates.
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