Uh-oh. Someone got Fauxcahontas mad.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren — Massachusetts Democrat, left-wing favorite, and Native American cultural appropriator — was sent off the Senate floor Tuesday night after receiving a procedural red card for reading a letter that referred to President Donald Trump’s attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions as a “disgrace.”
Fox News reported that Warren was barred from speaking after a 49-43 vote determined she had violated Rule XIX of the Senate. Rule XIX states that “(n)o senator in debate shall, 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.”
The letter, written by Martin Luther King’s widow Coretta Scott King, had been written in 1986 when Sessions was nominated as a federal judge. It stated that he was a “disgrace” and that his ascension to the bench would “chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”
When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said that Warren had “impugned the motives of our colleague from Alabama,” she responded that she was merely reading a letter.
“I’m reading a letter from Coretta Scott King to the Judiciary Committee from 1986 that was admitted into the record,” Sen. Warren responded. “I’m simply reading what she wrote about what the nomination of Jeff Sessions to be a federal court judge meant and what it would mean in history for her.”
While this is true, it is also worth pointing out that Coretta Scott King had also once remarked that “I am scared that if Ronald Reagan gets into office, we are going to see more of the Ku Klux Klan and a resurgence of the Nazi Party,” according to The New York Times.
While Ms. King has played an unassailably courageous and profoundly moral part in American history, it is worth pointing out that her record shows her not to be the most level-headed prognosticator of the white racist apocalypse, and hiding behind words she wrote three decades ago isn’t going to earn you any points. Republican Sen. Steve Daines of Montana agreed, and he advised the Massachusetts senator that she was out of order under Rule XIX.
After Warren remained intransigent, Sen. McConnell began the procedure to vote on Warren’s presence on the Senate floor. A 49-43 initially suspended her speaking privileges, and a 50-43 vote quashed a subsequent attempt to have them restored.
“She was warned, she was given an explanation,” Sen. McConnell said. “Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Several Democrats took to Twitter to post the King letter in its entirety. King’s Reagan quote, for whatever reason, remained conspicuously un-reposted.
— Sen. Cory Booker (@SenBookerOffice) February 8, 2017
The only thing that the Democrat Party seems to have against an eminently qualified attorney general nominee is 30-year-old allegations made and rhetoric directed against Sen. Sessions — allegations and rhetoric, it must be added, which came in the midst of a liberal political jihad against President Reagan’s judicial nominees, culminating in the rejection of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork.
Sen. Sessions is almost certain to be approved when the full Senate votes on his nomination later this week. Sen. Warren, meanwhile, is not expected to get any more reasonable until at least 2020, when she likely expects to ride this sort of nonsense to the Democrat nomination.
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