Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in November last year to become the 45th President of the United States. If he is entertaining notions for a second four-year term, which any US president is entitled to according to the Constitution, Trump might be up against another woman from the Democratic Party.
And it is none other than the feisty Senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren, who early this month has been silenced on the US Senate floor for impugning Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, whose nomination for the position of attorney general was being deliberated at that time.
It was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who took the lead in silencing Senator Warren on the Senate floor on February 7 and many critics and political analysts believe that he just gave the feisty lady solon her campaign slogan for the US presidential elections in November 2020.
A beloved Senator
There are few senators more beloved on the left than the inimitable Elizabeth Warren. As the Democrats look to revamp their party and recover from their 2016 election losses, rumors abound that Warren may throw her hat in the ring during the 2020 presidential elections.
On the Senate floor, Elizabeth Warren fought the good fight in arguing against the confirmation of Trump’s nomination for attorney general, Senator Jeff Sessions.
Warren read a letter on the Senate floor from Coretta Scott King, wife of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from 1986 about Senator Sessions during the confirmation hearings, notes the Bipartisan Report.
She was interrupted by Senator Mitch McConnell, who insisted that she had impugned Sessions.
The senate voted along party lines in a vote of 49-43 to rebuke Senator Warren and no longer allowed her to speak during the remainder of the confirmation hearing.
McConnell, later on, explained why he had to rebuke Warren. He said that Senator Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.
Solidified her position
Social media was quick to latch on to McConnell’s words and use them to Warren’s advantage.
Warren may be silenced for the remainder of Sessions’ confirmation hearing, but during the time she was allowed to speak, she solidified her position as one of the left’s favorite feminist leaders and potential presidential candidates.
Some political analysts say that the blocking of Senator Elizabeth Warren from further speaking on the Senate floor by Senate McConnell has somewhat made the latter inadvertently write the campaign slogan for the lady senator from Massachusetts
Warren was silenced under Rule 19, which prevents legislators from impugning one another on the Senate floor for reading a 30-year-old letter written by Coretta Scott King opposing Sessions’ nomination.
Given that Ted Cruz once called Mitch McConnell a liar on the Senate floor and suffered no consequences, it would be safe to assume that Warren’s speech was deeply disparaging, cites The Slot.
For example, before she was silenced, she managed to read the incendiary quote by saying that Jeff Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as a federal judge.
Coretta Scott King wrote that sentence, which is part of the longer letter, in 1986 to oppose Sessions, who was then a nominee to be a federal judge.
He was ultimately scuttled for being too racist, though he was later elected to the US Senate and currently seems a lock for Attorney General.
In an interview following his silencing on the Senate floor, Warren said that she literally can’t be recognized on the Senate floor.
She added that she has become a nonperson during the discussion of Jeff Sessions. Warren ultimately read the rest of the letter from outside the Senate on Facebook Live.