We don’t think that when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refused to allow Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) to read Coretta Scott King’s poignant letter against Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), he ever realized he would be spreading Mrs. King’s message far and wide.
Sen. Warren recently sat down with The Daily Show’s host, Trevor Noah, to discuss what happened in the Senate that day. Noah asked Warren:
Do you think Mitch McConnell realized what a solid he’s done you?
Warren replied with grace and strength, as she usually does, and reminded Noah that there is a much bigger picture to all of this than just that letter. Warren stated:
It’s helped us have a better Democratic conversation. We don’t have the votes in the United States Senate to block somebody like Jeff Sessions [as attorney general]. … So what we’ve got to do is count on people all around this country to make their voices heard.
Though it has been pointed out repeatedly that while Sen. Warren, a woman, was not allowed to read the letter, two other male senators were. Noah prodded Warren as to whether she believed there was anything behind that motive but she stood strong and didn’t take the bait to discuss sexism in the Senate. Instead Warren said:
Look, the main thing is that millions of people are now reading Coretta Scott King’s letter.
And that they have. Since this fateful day in the Senate, not only have several people publicly read the letter allowed, but the Washington Post has since released the letter in its entirety to the public. Sessions may have one this round but it is clear the regime will continue to face resistance at every turn.
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