Oh, Mitch McConnell, you wonderfully stupid fool. Trying to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren certainly didn’t work out the way you thought it would. Thank you though. Your idiocy really helped our cause!
In the confirmation hearing for Donald Trump’s pick for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, Majority Leader McConnell decided that calling a racist a racist wasn’t allowed. So, instead of letting Senator Warren finish speaking, he silenced her, forcing her to sit down and not allowing her to speak through the rest of the confirmation. He invoked the rarely used Senate Rule 19 which states that a senator may not “directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”
What was Senator Warren doing that bothered McConnell so? Reading the following letter that Coretta Scott King wrote about Sessions in 1986 as he was going through a confirmation hearing to become a federal judge:
Dear Senator Thurmond:
I write to express my sincere opposition to the confirmation of Jefferson B. Sessions as a federal district court judge for the Southern District of Alabama. My professional and personal roots in Alabama are deep and lasting. Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.
I regret that a long-standing commitment prevents me from appearing in person to testify against this nominee. However, I have attached a copy of my statement opposing Mr. Sessions’ confirmation and I request that my statement as well as this letter be made a part of the hearing record.
I do sincerely urge you to oppose the confirmation of Mr. Sessions.
The thing McConnell didn’t expect however, is that by silencing Senator Warren on the Senate Floor, he just signal boosted her statement around the world. What he didn’t want anyone to hear is being spread like wildfire! Why is Senator Warren so against Sessions as AG? Let’s dive into that.
In 1984, Sessions, then a U.S. Attorney, brought a case against three black voters in Alabama, charging them with voter fraud. The case, which had no merit and was a blatant attack on black voting rights, went to a jury that acquitted in less than three hours.
That case was brought up in his failed nomination to the district court, along with accusations that he used racially offensive remarks such as calling a black U.S. Attorney ‘boy’ and telling him to ‘watch what you say to white folks’. He also stated he thought the Ku Klux Klan was okay until he found out they smoked pot. He said that the NAACP and the ACLU were ‘Un-American’, and ‘Communist Inspired’. He opposed efforts to make changes to the Voting Rights Act, saying it was no longer needed (he may have
missed ignored all the southern states that rushed to limit minority votes after the 2013 Supreme Court decision). He is an anti-immigrant extremist, who has even fought against LEGAL immigration and has challenged birth-right citizenship. He has ties to anti-immigrant groups and has openly praised Trump’s Muslim ban. He’s opposed to LGBT rights and feels supreme court justices should be more religious, less secular.
In his committee confirmation hearings earlier this year, he refused to say he would recuse himself if a case was brought against Trump, even though he was one of Trump’s biggest campaign supporters and surrogates. He also stated that his name was the only reason why people think he’s racist. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. Yeah, it’s just the name…
This man clearly should not be the top lawyer for the United States, but in Trump’s America, he probably will be.