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Try As They Might, Senate Republicans Cannot Silence Elizabeth Warren


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Silenced on the Senate floor, Democrat Elizabeth Warren took her criticism of U.S. President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee out to the hallway — and found much larger platform.

Republican senators voted on Tuesday evening to end Warren’s reading of a letter written 30 years ago by Martin Luther King Jr’s widow that criticized Senator Jeff Sessions, the nominee to lead the Justice Department, for his civil rights record.

The action prompted a tide of support on Facebook for Warren, a darling of the political left, under a hashtag #LetLizSpeak” after she went outside the chamber and read the letter in a video posted on the site that drew more than 5 million views by Wednesday morning.

“The Republicans took away my right to read this letter on the floor – so I’m right outside, reading it now,” she said.

The unusual rebuke of Warren came after the Republican-controlled Senate on Tuesday cleared the way for confirming Sessions as attorney general. A final vote was expected on Wednesday.

Warren took to the Senate floor to argue against the nomination, reading the letter Coretta Scott King wrote in 1986 about Sessions to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which ultimately rejected his nomination to be a federal judge.

Sessions had “used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens” when he prosecuted voting fraud cases when he was the U.S. attorney in Alabama,” according to the letter read by Warren.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cut her off, saying that she broke a Senate rule that “impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama.” Senators voted 49-43 to silence Warren.

Warren has been a fiery critic of Trump since he launched his presidential campaign. Democrats have expressed concern about Sessions’ record of controversial positions on race, immigration and criminal justice reform.

“Mr. President, I am surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate. I ask leave of the Senate to continue my remarks,” the Massachusetts senator responded.

Many civil rights and immigration groups also have concerns about Sessions with the American Civil Liberties Union saying his positions on gay rights, capital punishment, abortion rights, and presidential authority in times of war should be examined.

Sessions was a federal prosecutor in 1986 when he became only the second nominee in 50 years to be denied confirmation as a federal judge. This came after allegations that he had made racist remarks, including testimony that he had called an African-American prosecutor “boy,” an allegation Sessions denied.

Sessions said he was not a racist, but he said at his hearing in 1986 that groups such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the American Civil Liberties Union could be considered “un-American.” He also acknowledged he had called the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a “piece of intrusive legislation.”

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu in Washington and Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Frances Kerry)



  1. Budjob February 8, 2017

    Go Lizzie,kick the ass of these fucking swine!

  2. Godzilla February 8, 2017

    All Liberal’s should just sit down and shut up. You had your turn. The world is a much more dangerous place under your watch. So…SILENCE you filthy dogs!

    1. I Am Helpy February 8, 2017

      Yes, you ARE a weenie who’s terrified of women. Really no need to make it more obvious.

      1. dbtheonly February 8, 2017

        Well Helpy,

        This ought to help convince those who though accommodation was possible.

        You Can’t Do Busuness with Trump.

        1. dpaano February 14, 2017

          Unless you’re from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey…..need I continue?

          1. iamproteus February 14, 2017

            Sometimes, it can be very difficult to track down even the foulest of odors.

          2. dbtheonly February 14, 2017

            Well Trump hasn’t suffered by not releasing his taxes.

            I’m on the other side of the “nom de blog” argument. There are enough crazies, with enough guns, that I want to keep a level of anonymity. Equally though, I’ve never posted anything to you that I wouldn’t say to you in person.

            Even individuals from those countries can’t do business with Trump. As an aside, there’s a marvelous little book from 1941 entitled, “You Can’t Do Business with Hitler”. Same point. Trump is not your average politician. He is incompetent and inconsistent. He is always right. He’ll hold to any deal only so long as it suits him. He jettisoned several during the campaign. He jettisoned Flynn last night. It looks like Priebus is on the way out. No, business can be done only when you can expect the other side to hold to the deal. That ain’t Trump.

          3. dpaano February 15, 2017

            I also have heard rumors that Spicer might also be on the way out…..too bad we can’t add Conway and Bannon to the disappearing administration!!! 45 is certainly learning the hard way that he can’t just willy nilly do what he wants to do….there are legal roads that he needs to go down as a president…..it’s not like he’s the CEO of his own company!!!

          4. dbtheonly February 16, 2017

            Given his crashing his companies into bankruptcy….

          5. dpaano February 16, 2017

            I wonder how long it’ll take him to get us back into a depression like the one we were left with when GWB left office!!! As for Conway, she’s as useless as anything and Bannon is just 45’s puppet master much like Cheney was to GWB!!! It’s pretty sad….and now I hear that even Priebus is questionable…..Bannon is saying he wants him out, which is interesting since they are supposed to be such great friends. Personally, I think Bannon is a jackass and has no loyalty to anyone but himself…..and the only loyalty he has to 45 is to get him to take our government into total chaos!!!

      2. idamag February 8, 2017

        godzilla is the guy with the small space between his eyebrows and hairline. His claim to intelligence – he played football in high school. He has nothing of importance to add to society or these boards.

        1. Richard Cadena February 8, 2017

          Gozilla must have suffered a concussion when he played high school football, and it sure does show.

        2. dpaano February 14, 2017

          I think he got bonked too many times on the head and that’s what’s causing him to be so ridiculous!

          1. iamproteus February 14, 2017

            It’s understandable that you might think that but the truth is that he has been that way since his mother aborted him. Obviously, he survived which accounts for the fact that his father named him godzilla.

      3. dpaano February 14, 2017

        I bet Godzilla’s lizard mommy ignored him in his childhood!!!

        1. iamproteus February 14, 2017

          You would not believe!

    2. itsfun February 8, 2017


      1. I Am Helpy February 8, 2017

        you too, coward.

        1. idamag February 8, 2017

          Time magazine had an article by experts on what kind of people itsfun are. You hit the nail on the head.

          1. dpaano February 14, 2017

            These trolls are just children hiding behind made-up names and spouting made-up BS! They are too cowardly to actually say these things in public, which indicates that their characters are more like jackasses rather than rational beings!

      2. Thoughtopsy February 8, 2017

        Yeah… who cares about the First Amendment.
        “Just shut up Liberals… all your facts and logic are making us angry and we’re missing nap time.”

        Have you noticed how prickly and whiny Dumbzilla and Itsfun are?
        Poor little snowflakes.
        Complaining all the time.
        Just like President Snowflake… Ahhh poor Donald…. He:
        – whines about fake news
        – whines about his Ban
        – whines about judges
        – whines that the media is mean to him
        – whines that Ivanka is getting dropped by Nordstroms
        – whines that the mean stuff about his Administration isn’t true
        – whines that Obama got treated much nicer than him in the media
        – whines that people aren’t respecting the “office of the President”
        – etc…. etc…. etc….

        He’s so butthurt so often that it seems like he must have four butts. (Then he lifts his jacket and you see that’s actually true)

        Sorry poor little Trumptards… I thought you said “Political Correctness” was over now that the Orange popsicle was elected…??

        See if that was remotely true, you’d celebrate our statements, and facts, and logic, and insults about yourselves and Trump as the glorious tribute to anti-political-correctness they are… Anyone can say anything now, RIGHT?

        Yet what we find is that getting rid of Political Correctness was never the goal of the Basket of Dumbf**k Deplorables…
        The goal was to be free to say whatever racist things were on their minds and shut everyone else up.
        They whine. ALL. THE. TIME.
        About everything.
        Dumbzilla is a classic example… “Shut up Liberals. Stop saying those fact things”.

        Basically they demand Political Correctness…. just an altered version where bigotry and racism are now acceptable… but anything that hurts the feelings of delicate Republican Trump Cheerleaders, and their Tiny-handed Demagogue King is not allowed.

        Awwwww. Have a hug.

    3. sharkbait4711 February 8, 2017

      All you idiots supporting Agent Orange need to sit down and shut up. We did not have our turn – our “turn” was blocked at every junction by a GOP lame duck congress for 8 years that failed miserably to repeal ACA. But now they get a chance and are second guessing things and how it should be done – guess it wasn’t so “easy” after all to yank the insurance from 20 million tax paying citizens…
      So Godzilla – go climb Trump tower and pound your chest and roar about. Your monkey butt will be taken out with the garbage in 3 years 11 months and 15 days give or take…

      1. dpaano February 14, 2017

        Even sooner than that if the majority gets out and votes in the midterms in 2018…..we could retake the Congress and show them how it’s done!

    4. Thoughtopsy February 8, 2017

      Hey look… someone gave Dumbzilla his keyboard back and took the Donald’s anatomy out of his mouth…. who knew?

      As you were.
      Doesn’t look like he got his brain back as part of the deal.

    5. iamproteus February 9, 2017

      An open letter from godzilla, itsfun, etal:
      “We are sick and tired of being called out for our lies, racist remarks and other unamerican stands. For the last time, we are not racists so all you liberals, kikes, spics and ni**ers just shut up. You’re hurting our feelings and you know how sensitive we can be when you disagree with us. But do you care? NO! You’re all just filthy lyin’ dogs; and after all we’ve done for you, too! You should get down on your knees and thank us for allowing you to live!”

      1. dpaano February 16, 2017


  3. idamag February 8, 2017

    Elizabeth Warren is who the Democrat should be. The ill educated Republicans are ugly and fascist like. Trump is who they are. They continue to violate the Constitution and did so by not letting Elizabeth Warren speak.

    1. itsfun February 8, 2017

      She broke Senate rules. They had every right to sit her down. She should start worrying about getting re-elected. Her ratings are bad in Mass.

      1. sharkbait4711 February 8, 2017

        Her ratings are not bad in Mass. Stating that is like stating Agent Oranges ratings are good. No one listens to ratings anyway – they are fake news.

        1. dpaano February 14, 2017

          Alternate facts are more like it!

      2. I Am Helpy February 8, 2017

        Hmmm yes you really are that stupid.

        1. iamproteus February 9, 2017

          Oh, he is MUCH more stupid than that! He takes his cue from his idol, the orange haired one……If you don’t like the facts, simply state the opposite, repeatedly. Someone will believe it.

      3. Thoughtopsy February 8, 2017

        Wow… you’re are so dumb it’s embarrassing.

        Four questions:
        1) If this rule is so serious, why is it almost never used? Why was it not used when Lyin’ Ted Cruz was “impugning the motives and intentions of his Senate colleagues” last year during the campaign where he said some truly horrible things on the Senate floor?
        2) Why was this rule not used when other Democrat MEN read the same letter on the same night? Was Turtle Neck sleeping during those readings? Or does Rule 19 only apply to Women?
        3) How does someone “impugn the motives and conduct of a Senator” by reading into evidence someone ELSE’S documented words that directly apply to the topic that is being debated in the Senate, and the role the Senator is applying for?
        4) What does this mean for debate on the floor now? You can’t read out any evidence against a senator’s job application that is negative? Only positive evidence?

        Fire away… I’m sure your answers are going to be most enlightening.

        1. Thoughtopsy February 10, 2017

          Yep… as expected: Crickets.

    2. InGen12 February 8, 2017

      And after silencing her, they had 2 MALE senators read Mrs. King’s letter. Sessions may be a senator, but he is also a cabinet nominee and as such, he is fair game for both positive and negative information that comes up regarding him. The Repubs are trying to whitewash this racist bigot by invoking an obscure rule. These people have no shame but at least now the majority of the country sees them for the ugly party they are.

      1. idamag February 8, 2017

        Fascists have taken over the Republican Party. I wonder why they were so easy.

  4. David Reno February 8, 2017

    Senator Warren is now in the position of Brer Rabbit when he was thrown into the brier patch.

    Had she continued her speech it would have been broadcast and probably ignored.

    By cutting her off she has become a hero for acting like a United States Senator.

    I worked for and voted for Sen. Warren. The fact that a duly elected Senator could be cut off in the U.S. Senate may make anyone wonder if it is still “The world’s greatest deliberative body.”

    1. sharkbait4711 February 8, 2017

      Its no longer a deliberative body – it’s fascism at its finest!

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      2. dpaano February 14, 2017

        And, it’s been getting worse and worse since President Obama won his first term and they suddenly decided not to support him! People are getting very tired of their actions, and it’s going to show in the 2018 midterm elections, especially if we can get the majority of the voters out to vote!!!

  5. sharkbait4711 February 8, 2017

    I don’t get why the right side is so afraid of their own shadows that they feel the need to insulate themselves in the new golden swamp and strip away the rights of U.S. tax paying citizens. This is not the “will of the people” – Agent Orange DID NOT WIN THE POPULAR VOTE. This is the will of millionaires and billionaires in a bought and paid for presidency. Anyone still supporting Agent Orange and his legion of doomsdayers needs to be put in a looney bin.

    1. dpaano February 14, 2017

      I think most of his voters already ARE in the looney bin!!!

  6. Dan S February 8, 2017

    Thank You Sen. Majority Leader McConnell for trying to silence the esteemed Sen. Warren. In doing so you’ve brought the very words of Corretta Scott King to light if you’d have let her speak. I watched her Facebook video and right now she’s the potential odds on favorite to be the Democratic Nominee in 2020. She’s a force to be reckoned with and she’s already got a higher favorable rating than Trump and Congress combined. She’s going to be a burr in your saddle so don’t get comfortable

    1. iamproteus February 9, 2017

      If she were running today, I guarantee I would vote for her!

      1. dpaano February 14, 2017

        Wouldn’t we all….I always had hoped that she would run eventually!!!

    2. dpaano February 14, 2017

      What’s really funny is that all McConnell’s actions are doing is making the Republicans in the Congress look really bad. They may think that this president won the presidency, but he did it with a minority vote!! If the majority get out and vote in 2018, I can guarantee you that many of those smug Republicans in Congress will be kissing their jobs good-bye!!! The worse they look, the better chance we have to kicking them out!!!

      1. Dan S February 14, 2017

        People are pissed big time. Just look at the record high ratings SNL is getting now that they know Trump is watching as every week they find new ways to get his orange hair to stand on end. There are protests everywhere and citizens are at town hall meetings raking their GOP congressman over the coals who have supported fearless leader. There’s a revolution forming that’s going to bring down the entire administration before all is said and done. The Tea Party energized the right but will pale to the uprising from the left. Today Flynn was taken down tomorrow it’ll be Trump

        1. dpaano February 15, 2017

          He really needs to get rid of Bannon……the puppet master…..or he’s going to see a reiteration of the Bush Administration and their stupid war and other BS that they did when GWB listened solely to Cheney and his cohorts!

  7. Thoughtopsy February 8, 2017

    Hey start as you mean to go on…
    The GOP are clearly beginning with:
    1) Silence any dissenting voices through unethical tactics.
    2) Shove through any changes, or nominees they or Trump wants.
    3) Ignore anyone or any fact that does not fit this narrative.
    4) Be smug about how SO very clever they are being.

    This should end superbly.
    You don’t need to include consideration for all Americans to govern, do you?
    You don’t need to involve or court the other side of the aisle to govern, do you?

    Nah… just sh!t on everyone. I bet it will be fine.
    They only like “Real” Americans anyway.
    I guess I’m glad its out in the open… the GOP only care about those that voted for them and support them. They couldn’t give a rat’s a$$ about the rest of the population.

    What’s even funnier… is that they cheered the tea party as they rioted, and marched and invaded Town Hall meetings, lynched Obama effigies, screamed about shooting people, and called Obama a Kenyan Muslim and a traitor…. real Americans standing up for justice they said.

    But the minute THEIR OWN VOTERS try to tell them that what they are doing will kill them then their own voters and constituents suddenly become “paid activists from the DNC” and they run… and hide… and whine about how unfair it all is that people are saying mean things. The best of course being the White House whining about how the media are being far meaner to Trump than they were to Obama and “not respecting the Office of the President”… Poor President Snowflake. Must be hard being a giant lying vengeful douchebag who routinely smears people on Twitter but not feel you’re getting the respect you deserve.

    Oh the vast Hypocrisy.

  8. jakenhyde February 8, 2017

    Mealy mouth McConnell is an ass. And, speaking of asses, you can bet your own that if it had been a republicon attempting to read a letter from the past, McConnell would have applauded the effort and let the letter be read.

    1. dpaano February 14, 2017

      He let it be read the next day by two MALE Senators, albeit that they were Democrats……still…..

  9. Aaron_of_Portsmouth February 9, 2017

    The stench from Mitch McConnell’s Joe McCarthy tendencies are expressing themselves strongly on our olfactory nerves. The stress of being in office far longer than the date on his political shelf life shows, and since Kentuckians don’t read labels apparently, Mitch has been allowed to serve longer than he should have, as evidenced by this recent incident of trying to stifle someone because of some ludicrous protocol to be silent when a fellow Senator speaks her mind about the unfitness of a Trump appointee.
    The GOP’s grip on power long ago went to their heads, and it’s now showing in spades.

  10. dpaano February 14, 2017

    We need more Democrats like Warren to stand up and speak out! I know we are a minority in Congress, but they can’t keep us down!

    1. iamproteus February 14, 2017

      There are a LOT of seats open in 2018, both in the Senate and the House. With a good voter turnout, we can show trump what opposition is all about!

      1. dpaano February 15, 2017

        I also read about many women who are hoping to run for these seats, and I applaud this! With the women’s vote…..Republicans (at least the men) don’t have a chance!!

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