Things got heated in the Senate on Tuesday night (Feb. 7), when Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren was abruptly silenced by Sen. Majority leader Mitch McConnell while attempting to record her opposition to Attorney General nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions.
Warren began reading a letter written by the late Coretta Scott King, in which the widow of civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. voiced her opposition to the attempted appointment of Sessions as a federal district court judge in Alabama in 1986 because, she wrote, “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.”
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 8, 2017
McConnell cut Warren off, citing a Senate rule that forbids “words [that] impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy of unbecoming a Senator.” Unwittingly, McConnell gave the already riled up Democratic base a powerful hashtag to rally around in attempting to shut down the controversial Sessions nomination.
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” McConnell said. That, of course, launched the #ShePersisted and #LetLizSpeak tags, which a number of celebs took in support of Warren, who took to Facebook Live to finish her speech.
See some of the tweets from those who shared Warren’s outrage below.
‘Nevertheless, she persisted.’ It’s so poetic.
— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) February 8, 2017
Republican men are literally afraid of women. They’re not strong enough to lead. #letlizspeak?
— JEN KIRKMAN (@JenKirkman) February 8, 2017
— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) February 8, 2017
Rules made as they go to serve their agenda. It’s mob Ego. SAD! https://t.co/EflSL7hDQN
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) February 8, 2017
So it’s time to change my profile pic again for the night. Leontyne? Lena? Or Coretta?
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) February 8, 2017