After years of whispers that Senator Elizabeth Warren had to a chance to be a transcendant politician, Warren instigated her defining moment as a lawmaker last night during a partisan speech on the Senate floor.
The confirmation of Jeff Sessions is taking longer than expected, President Trump’s immigration order, the subsequent litgation, and Sessions’s own questionable track record has turned the situation into a dog fight.
There is questions about whether or not Mr. Sessions will actually stand up to the unlawful actions of the President.
Will he defend the constitution?
Because it’s under attack, and the country needs decision makers in place who can defend the document, while also protecting the rights of citizens.
Which brings us to Elizabeth Warren, who brilliantly attempted to read a letter penned by Coretta Scott King, in which the civil rights icon had testified to to Senatorial judicial committee that she believed Jeff Sessions was unworthy of a federal judgeship.
The letter was scathing, and pinpoint accurate.
“The actions taken by Mr. Sessions in regard to the 1984 voting fraud prosecutions represent just one more technique used to intimidate black voters and thus deny them this most precious franchise. The investigations into the absentee voting process were conducted only in the black belt counties where blacks had finally achieved political power in local government. Whites had been using the absentee process to their advantage for years, without incident. Then, when blacks, realizing its strength, began to use it with success, criminal investigations were begun.
In these investigations, Mr. Sessions, a US Attorney, exhibited an eagerness to bring to trial and convict three leaders of the Perry County Civic League including Albert Turner, despite evidence clearly demonstrating their innocence of any wrongdoing. Furthermore, in initiating the case, Mr. Sessions ignored allegations of similar behavior by whites, choosing instead to chill the exercise of the franchise by blacks in his misguided investigation.
In fact, Mr. Sessions sought to punish older black civil rights activists, advisers and colleagues of my husband, who had been key figures in the civil rights movement in the 1960’s. These were persons who, realizing the potential of the absentee vote among blacks, had learned to use the process within the bounds of legality and had taught others to do the same. The only sin they committed was being too successful in gaining votes.
We have yet to hear anyone in the Trump administration dispute the contents of the testimony.
King gives a first hand account of Mr. Sessions voter suppression tactics, and the fact that it was targeted at the African American community.
According to King, Sessions used his political influence, and his judcial authority to damage the black community directly, while ignoring the actions of his white constituents.
Sessions even spearheaded several “misguided” voter fraud investigations almost 20 years after the civil rights bill was passed.
The full extent of the testimony is extraordinary, an incredible referendum on Jeff Sessions the person.
Warren did not have the opportunity to read the full contents of the letter.
She was interrupted.
The on site Republicans actually silenced Warren while she was quoting the wife of Dr Martin Luther King, only 3 weeks after the federal holiday in his name.
In the middle of Black history month.
Elizabeth Warren was silenced by the Senate after quoting Coretta Scott King's 1986 criticisms of Jeff Sessions. pic.twitter.com/xovab6MxMG
— New York Times Video (@nytvideo) February 8, 2017
Not only did they silence Warren, they removed her from the hearing entirely.
Senator Steve Daines interjected, and warned Warren that she was in violation of rule 19 “of the standing rules of the Senate, to impute another senator or senators, any conduct or motive unworthy, or becoming a senator”
Warren responded with bewilderment, she reminded Senator Daines that she was reading a letter written by Coretta Scott King that was read into testimony in 1968, a letter concerning Sessions appoint to a goverment position.
Given there is an ongoing confirmation hearing that will make Sessions the highest ranking law enforcement official in the land, Warren’s letter was more than relevant.
But it wasn’t about that to the Republicans, they were concerned about what the reading of the letter would mean to the American public.
After asking for permission, Warren continued to read until she was again interrupted by R)Senator Mitch Mcconnell, who accussed her of impugning Senator Sessions.
It was incredible, they were quoting King’s letter as if it was produced by Elizabeth Warren.
Warren pleaded with Senator Danies, reminding him of who Correta King was, what this was about, and the meaning of the letter.
Daines asked if anyone objected to the reading of the letter, and Mitch Mcconnell of course did.
Warren was then asked to take her seat.
History will view this exchange with harsh lenses, the two Senators that silenced her, and then asked her to sit down have assumed a mantle they will have trouble shedding.
They suppressed the truthful words of a beloved freedom fighter in this country, and they disrespected a politican who had the courage to stand up for what’s right in an atmosphere that is all wrong.
Warren taking such an significant stand, even at the risk of being silenced, elevates her in the eyes of many the Americans who are looking for a sign of hope.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) February 8, 2017
She has the credentials, her voice is respected with the Democratic party, but she was lacking sizzle, an event that mandated the public take notice.
That moment has arrived, Warren’s refusal, and then her subsequent candor with the media stamps her as 2020 Presidential hopeful.
Her impassioned plea was a call to action, she demanded that truth and justice be considered during the appointment of Jeff Sessions.
In the process, she exposed him as an unfit Attorney General, we cannot have a person with that type of track record running the Department of Justice.
Not unless the Civil rights moment is meaningless, only if the social revolution was a pipe dream, and this is actually 1955.
Bernie Sanders stepped up today, and read the very same letter that was snuffed out last night, which is yet another example of Sanders having his hand on the pulse of the nation.
Sen. Bernie Sanders reads full Coretta Scott King letter on Senate floor that Sen. Warren was silenced while reading https://t.co/k9sqYAGoz1
— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 8, 2017
Elizabeth Warren has arrived, and she is going to fight injustice tooth and nail in the name of the American people.
Her presence on Capitol hill has the attention of the GOP, not only because of potential impeachment proceedings against the President, but also, because she is a threat to take the White House in 2020.
This event cements that.