GOP Senate censors Coretta Scott King

The Republican majority in the United States Senate just censored the words of civil rights leader Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King.

Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was reading a scathing letter that Mrs. King wrote about the judicial nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions back in the 1980s.

King’s letter blasted Sessions for “using the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot.”

That was too much for GOP Senator Leader Mitch McConnell, who accused Warren of violating Senate rules that prohibit attacking other members of the Senate. A vote was held, and Warren was effectively silenced for the rest of the debate.

Yes, the United States Senate just ruled that Coretta Scott King is simply too offensive to be heard from. And that Senator Elizabeth is now silenced for the rest of the debate on Sessions’ nomination because she quoted Coretta Scott King.

Karoli Kuns at Crooks and Liars has the video of the moment Warren was shut down:

It’s ironic, to say the least, that in a debate about whether Jeff Sessions is a racist, Republican Senators found it necessary to silence the widow of civil rights hero Martin Luther King, herself a civil rights icon.

It’s also a bit of a joke that Republican Senators are hiding behind Senate rules in order to protect Sessions from very real allegations of using his office to suppress the vote of minorities. No other nominee gets the special snowflake treatment that Sessions is getting due to his position as a sitting senator. If Sessions can’t be criticized for things he may have done, because he’s a Senator, then he shouldn’t be nominated in the first place. Nominees need to be vetted. And they shouldn’t be permitted to hide behind Senate rules.

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11 Responses to “GOP Senate censors Coretta Scott King”

  1. Ken Bull says:

    The MSM is obviously corrupt with catering to ignorance and anti American rhetoric. No borders, no restrictions, no clue.

  2. mia2821 says:

    Wow I can’t believe this!!! Everyone has forgotten that Jeff sessions isn’t an honorable man. Hell No he is not!! It’s sad that everyone has forgotten that Jeff Sessions liked to prey on his senate pages for sex and then bribed them to keep quiet about it. The US Senate censure him for this in the 90’s!! And this is now our attorney General!! Unbelieveable!! Something stinks in Washington DC and it is now hemorrhaging facts about who Jeff Sessions is and how he lacks the moral and ethical compass of the justice system. This is a FRAUD and the truth needs to come out. How come nothing comes up about him being censured when a google search is done!?!? Something is wrong in America when people who are clearly not qualified for a position mysteriously are given a very important position of power!!! This is beyond disturbing!! This is SO wrong on so many levels!! How come no one else is having a problem with this Republicans?? I guess truth and what is right no longer matters anymore?!? May God have mercy on us all!! “The world is all messed up. The nation is sick. Trouble is in the land; confusion all around. I do believe that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars. I see god working in this period of the 21st century in a way that men, in some way, is responding Something is happening is happening in our world. The masses of people are rising up. Wherever they are assembled. — The cry is always the same “WE WANT TO BE FREE!!” That includes tyranny and corruption We have been forced to a point where we’re going to have to grapple with the problems that Men have been trying to grapple with through history but the demands didn’t force them to do it survival demands that we grapple with them.”

  3. Demosthenes says:

    Yertle the Turtle did a great job helping Senator Warren gain visibility. He is to be commended. Is he actually a Democratic plant with the sole role of discrediting the Trump GOP?

  4. Jim in St Louis says:

    It was not the GOP alone, it was bi-partisan action from Senators from both parties. It was not Mrs. King who was censored, it was Warren who violated the rules of the Senate. Rules that she herself voted in favor of only a month ago when the new congress opened. If a website is going to publish slanted stuff like this they should at least have some kind of disclaimer about “americablog is not a news site and nothing we publish should be mistaken as truthful statements”

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  6. MrQRO says:

    I don’t think it’s any coincidence that every day Drumph throws out a new crazy, shiny, object for the MSM to fixate on, so that they are not reporting on all the horrific bills that are being brought up, and passed in the congress, and the draconian tactics being used, such as this. He’s the person keeping everyone’s eyes busy while the magician pulls of the trick. Masterful misdirection!

  7. Houndentenor says:

    She was a great American. Mrs King was a New England Conservatory trained singer and violist. She carried on her husband’s legacy well. How dare they cut her off even if it was just someone reading her remarks. How dare they.

  8. Kevin Lee says:

    Unfortunately, with the current Trump administration, Black History Month is occurring during Bleak History Year.

  9. Quilla says:

    What country is this and what year…?

  10. Over the past few days I’d been feeling somewhat encouraged because of the amount of blowback 45 is getting from ordinary citizens and the courts, but I’m now back to feeling like I’m trapped in one of those nightmares where you know what’s coming and are completely powerless to stop it.

  11. FloriDUH says:

    All during Black history month.

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