Senator Warren during her speech harshly criticised Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education. Mentioning that the nomination did not consider DeVos supposedly lack of experience in the field, Senator Warren reached the point that she pulled out of her sleeves the letter written 30 years ago by Coretta Scott King late on during debate on February 7.
She cited the letter during debate to oppose the nomination of Sessions as Donald Trump’s Attorney General. Republicans considered a violation of Senate rules when she deliberately accused Sessions of using his “awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of vote by black citizens”. Therefore, the Senate floor, by 49-43 votes, forced her silence.
“I am surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate”, Warren said right after being cut off of Senate floor.
The situation heated up on social media, especially Twitter, which users shared photos of feminists role figures who refused to be silenced with the caption “Nevertheless, she persisted” and the hashtag #LetLizSpeak to the Majority Leader Mitch McConnel for his decision.
“Sen. Warren gave a length speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned,” McConnal defended his position during the debate.
Sen. Bernie Sanders continued what Warren had started. On Twitter the liberal senator supported Warren by writing that no Senator should be banned from participating in a debate.
“Senator McConall owes Elizabeth Warren an apology.” Sen. Sanders said.
Nevertheless, Sen. Warren persisted on Facebook, posting a self-recorded video reading the same letter, this time out of Senate floor.
Betsy Devos debate led to a tie-breaking dispute through which the decision came voted by Republican Vice President Mike Pence, guaranteeing DeVos the office. The confirmation of Jefferson Sessions as General Attorney also came on February 8.