Wednesday, 15 August, 2018

Quashing dissent isn't just a Trump thing, it's the new Republican way

Republicans Ignite Backlash By Silencing Elizabeth Warren Quashing dissent isn't just a Trump thing, it's the new Republican way
Alfredo Watts | 12 February, 2017, 01:53

Elizabeth Warren read on the Senate floor from a letter Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow, authored opposing Sessions's nomination for a federal judgeship; King said Sessions's history of criminalizing black voters disqualified him for the job. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the attorney general nominee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

While Sessions was ultimately confirmed on Wednesday night, Sen.

"Look, the main thing is that millions of people are now reading Coretta Scott King's letter", Warren responded, highlighting the importance and relevance of King's words. The incident occurred after she quoted Coretta Scott King during debate of Sen.

Democrats spent the hours before the vote seething over the rebuke of Ms Warren, who had been barred from speaking on the floor the previous night. Clearly, Warren didn't get the message about impugning the character of a fellow senator. Thirty years ago, President Reagan had nominated Sessions, an Alabama attorney at the time, to become a federal judge.

US President Donald Trump has been upset by Democrats' efforts to stall the nomination, calling it a "disgrace" on Twitter on Tuesday. "He's been a friend to many of us, on both sides of the aisle", Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) controversial silencing from further Senate debates on Sen.

Mr Sessions survived a near-party-line vote, 52-47, in the latest sign of the extreme partisanship at play as Mr Trump strains to install his Cabinet. "Nevertheless, she persisted", he said Tuesday evening, a phrase that was picked up by Warren supporters as a badge of honor. Warren's reading and ordered her silenced for using the letter to attack Sen. Before you call your senator (which you should!) in a last ditch attempt to forestall the Sessions confirmation, take time to read and share King's letter and statement.

The US attorney general said: "We need to end this lawlessness that threatens the public safety, pulls down the wages of working Americans".