Thursday, February 9, 2017

Let Liz Speak

More and More I am beginning to wonder if we are seeing the beginning of a dictatorship under President Trump....(God,I hate saying that!)

Two nights ago , Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on what was the 11th anniversary of her death on why Jeff Sessions shouldn't be sworn in as a federal judge and she was silenced when Mitch McConnell (Hey who keeps voting for this guy?) had a hissy fit on the Senate Floor..

Senate Republicans voted on Tuesday night to silence Elizabeth Warren for reading out a letter from the widow of Martin Luther King during a debate over Senator Jeff Sessions’ nomination for attorney general, eliciting a furious response from Democrats.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Warren quoted from 30-year-old correspondence from Coretta Scott King relating to Sessions’ failed judicial nomination in the 1980s. It was part of a barnstorming speech by the Massachusetts Senator against Sessions’ suitability for the post and attacking his record on civil rights.

Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader, objected that Warren had broken Senate rules that prohibit one member impugning the conduct of another. Senators then voted 49-43 to uphold a ruling in McConnell’s favour.

Senator Warren hit back on Twitter. She posted to her 1.74 million followers: “Tonight @SenateMajLdr silenced Mrs King’s voice on the Senate  floor  & millions who are afraid & appalled by what’s happening in our country.”

 Others on Twitter were posting with the hashtag #LetLiz Speak.

Late on Tuesday night, she read the letter on Facebook Live, writing, “During the debate on whether to make Jeff Sessions the next Attorney General, I tried to read a letter from Coretta Scott King on the floor of the Senate. The letter, from 30 years ago, urged the Senate to reject the nomination of Jeff Sessions to a federal judgeship. The Republicans took away my right to read this letter on the floor - so I’m right outside, reading it now.”

Less than an hour after it was posted, the video had already received more than 1.1m views.

Donna Brazile, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said: “It’s a sad day in America when the words of Martin Luther King Jr’s widow are not allowed on the floor of the United States Senate. Let Elizabeth Warren speak. The American people deserve to hear how Jeff Sessions is an extremist who will be a rubber stamp for this out-of-control Trump presidency.”

Democrats also argued that Republicans were selectively enforcing the rule. They noted that Senator Ted Cruz of Texas was not formally found to have violated the rules when he accused McConnell of being a “liar” from the Senate floor.

Jefferson Sessions, Senator for Alabama, is one of Donald Trump’s most contentious cabinet picks. Leading Democrats John Lewis and Cory Booker testified at his confirmation hearing, arguing that he would harm race relations in the criminal justice system.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Warren said: “He made derogatory and racist comments that should have no place in our justice system. To put Senator Sessions in charge of the Department of Justice is an insult to African Americans.”

They don't care about that and the Republican rubberstamping of Jeff Sessions proves that most of them don't care about racism at all...And African-American's in particular...

To para phrase Author James Baldwin- "I can't believe what you say...because I see what you do!"

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