Senator Elizabeth Warren was in for the surprise of her life one day not long after the 2016 presidential elections. Democratic Senate Leader Harry Reid of Nevada made her an offer that she could not refuse.
He told the Massachusetts senator that she should run for president in 2020, which meant she would need to start preparing immediately, the New York Times reported.
The Democratic Party has come to a roadblock. It has divided itself between a dying status quo and the newly enlivened side led by presidential candidate Independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren.
After Trump won the presidential election, the country was stunned, but should Democrats have expected anything else from a party that mired itself in the muck of bygone days? Sanders’ run against Hillary Clinton meant that the party could not help but notice the voters were rebelling.
The Democrats have begun a ground-up attack against deadbeat Republicans who promise people everything, then rob their voters blind with a gleeful arrogance. Warren was at the forefront of the groundswell of the Women’s March that flourished across the country with her red microphone.
At the confirmation hearing of Jeff Sessions for attorney general in the Senate, Warren stood and began reading Martin Luther King’s wife Coretta Scott King’s letter. In 1986, the leaders’ wife wrote criticizing Jeff Sessions for his views on Civil Rights.
Warren read Mrs. King’s words:
‘The awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black
Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky had her gavelled into silence. That was the turning point, when Warren’s fellow Democrats began to stand up with her. One after one, they read Mrs. King’s letter. Nonetheless, Sessions was confirmed.
According to the New York Times, McConnell said :
‘The senator has impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama, as warned by the chair.’
Yet, Democrats felt the power of Warren’s leadership. They went on social media with #LetLizSpeak. The Massachusetts senator said:
‘[McConnell] silenced Mrs. King’s voice [in the Senate and] millions who are afraid & appalled by what’s happening in our country.’
Warren is not going to be silenced again.
Check out this video about being silenced during the Senate debate:
Featured Image: Getty Images/Win McNamee.