The Republicans in the US Senate called the recent speech of Senator Elizabeth Warren to bash Senator Jeff Sessions using the letter of Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King, as impugning a fellow senator. But for the Democrats, they described it as a stand against what the Trump administration means to most Americans.
So after she was silenced in the Senate floor, reports have it that Senator Warren had an epic meltdown that she resorted to ventilating her sentiments on social media afterward.
Based on the series of tweets she posted, it was clear that Warren was really frustrated as much as she was shocked and upset that her colleagues in the Senate would do that to her, reports USA 24.
However, some analysts argue that describing the reaction of Senator Warren as an epic meltdown is inaccurate because, on the contrary, the lady legislator seemed like a someone who came out firing with all guns blazing after she has been silenced on the senate floor.
In fact, they believed that it only gave the feisty Democratic senator an impetus to continue her tirade and criticisms of Donald Trump and his administration for the months or may be the next four years.
Upholding a floor ruling
On February 7, the Senate voted to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren from speaking out against Senator Jeff Sessions, who is Trump’s nominee for the position of attorney general.
The Republican-led Senate voted 49-43 to uphold a floor ruling that Warren violated Senate Rule 19 by “impugning” the character of Sessions during her lengthy speech against his confirmation.
A separate vote to allow Warren to continue to speak failed, effectively silencing the outspoken Massachusetts progressive from continuing her anti-Sessions speech, details the New York Post.
The issue on the US Senate floor began shortly before 7 p.m. when Warren took the microphone to make a long, impassioned speech on why Sessions should not be confirmed as attorney general.
She read from past statements from critics who successfully opposed his 1986 nomination for a federal judgeship over concerns he was racially insensitive.
She had been warned
She earned a warning by 7:20 p.m. from the presiding Senate leader, Montana Senator Steve Daines when she quoted Senator Ted Kennedy as calling Sessions a disgrace.
He reminded her of Rule 19, which says a senator shall not impute another senator’s conduct or motives.
Warren was permitted to continue but got in hot water again for reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King that opposed Sessions.
By 7:47 p.m., Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell interrupted Warren. He said that Warren has impugned the motives and conduct of their colleague from Alabama, as warned by the chair.
The offensive statements McConnell cited were from the letter of Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow. He explained that Senator Warren has said Senator Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.
To which, Senator Warren replied to McConnell that she was surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate. She then asks the leave of the Senate to continue her remarks.
But she was overruled. Daines told her that the senator will take her seat. The full Senate made it official around 9 p.m.
Sidelining Warren occurred in the midst of a 30-hour debate on Sessions’ nomination and Republicans’ growing frustration with Democrats for their many attempts to delay votes on Trump’s nominees. Tempers have flared all month, as Democrats boycotted votes and used procedural tools to gum up the confirmation process.
However, the moves of the Republicans in the Senate to silence Warren from continuing her criticisms of President Donald Trump have reportedly backfired on the GOP.