Elizabeth Warren is receiving immense support from her Democratic colleagues after being silenced by Republicans. Senator Bernie Sanders accused the Senate of double standards and alluded to sexism after he successfully read the Coretta Scott King letter without being stopped. Watch his passionate protest on the Senate floor.
While Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was giving an interview to CNN on February 8 following her shocking treatment in the Senate the day prior, her friend and colleague, Senator Bernie Sanders, leapt to her defense on the Senate floor. Bernie produced the same 1986 letter penned by Coretta Scott King regarding now-Senator Jeff Sessions‘ alleged racist behavior, that got Warren commanded to stay silent for the remainder of the hearing.
Bernie was just a little confused by the Warren controversy because, you see, nobody stopped him from reading the letter. It’s a glaring double standard that reeks of sexism, and Bernie immediately pointed it out. He said Warren’s treatment was “outrageous,” and that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell owed her an apology right away.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 8, 2017
“The idea that a letter, a statement made by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., a letter that she wrote, could not be presented and spoken about here on the floor of the Senate, is to me incomprehensible … I want the American people to make a decision whether or not we should be able to look at Senator Sessions’ record and hear from one of the heroines of the Civil Rights Movement,” Bernie told his fellow senators.
“I am going to vote against Jeff Sessions to become our next attorney general, but I am even more alarmed about the decision of the majority leader here in the Senate to deny one of our leading senators the right to voice her opinion, the right to put into the congressional record what I have just said … And if Mr. McConnell, or anybody else, wants to deny me the right to debate Jeff Sessions’ qualifications, go for it. But I’m here, I will participate in debate, I will oppose Jeff Sessions, and I think Sen. Warren is owed an apology.”
Bernie read the letter, and was joined in by Senators Sherrod Brown, Jeff Merkley, and Tom Udall, who read the letter in full as well. None of these men were stopped. Bernie pointed it out on Twitter while Warren was on CNN. “When I read the same letter as @SenWarren, no one prevented me from speaking. Sen. McConnell owes Sen. Warren an apology. #LetLizSpeak,” Bernie tweeted.
In her interview with CNN, Warren seemed to agree with Bernie that she needed an apology from McConnell and the other senators who shut her down. “He shut me up,” she said. “You know what I think the Republicans object to? The facts…The kind of people Donald Trump is sending our way — it’s like a bad movie.” She said that it’s her duty to make sure that people like Sessions aren’t confirmed to the cabinet. That decision still has not been made.
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