Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MASS) on the Senate floor, and now Americans across the nation are letting him know that we will not let him get away with this quietly. In direct opposition to McConnell, we will persist.
Wednesday night, McConnell was in for a rude awakening as a group of Washington D.C. residents recited the Coretta Scott King letter Warren was shut down for reading, right outside McConnell’s house.
Here’s a video of the protest in McConnell’s DC neighborhood:
Just in case McConnell has forfeited every shred of decency, the protestors ensured that he couldn’t sleep at night by using a bullhorn to blast the words that ought to haunt him for years.
The sexist McConnell wast visibly shaken by Warren’s reading of Coretta Scott King’s letter. To literally silence her, McConnell evoked an almost never used Senate rule, meant to stop senators from “impugning” each other. It comes as no surprise that in a male-dominated government, men were allowed to read from King’s letter while Warren was told to be seen and not heard.
McConnell commented on Warren saying, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
These words have become a rallying cry for women, who are proud to say they will continue to persist, and the motivation behind the group of demonstrators in D.C.
Twitter was stormed by the appropriation of McConnell’s words with the hashtag “ShePersisted” trending throughout the day, with The Huffington Post even calling it a “battle cry.”
Coretta Scott King’s letter dates back to 1986, and was a plea to Congress not to allow Jeff Sessions to be confirmed as a federal judge. As King said, if Sessions were made a federal judge, it would, “irreparably damage the work of my husband.” She also warned that Sessions, has used “politically-motivated voting fraud prosecutions.”
Her letter continued, “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship.
“Mr. Sessions’ conduct as U.S. Attorney, from his politically-motivated voting fraud prosecutions to his indifference toward criminal violations of civil rights laws, indicates that he lacks the temperament, fairness and judgment to be a federal judge.”
King’s words were successful in 1986 and Sessions was not confirmed as a federal judge. However, in 2017 with a Trump presidency, civil rights progress is being undone. In spite of fierce opposition from Democrats, Jeff Sessions has been confirmed as the U.S. Attorney General.
The only way to stand up to lunacy like this is to continue to make our voices heard. We need to grab our bullhorns and head to the houses of these monsters. There can be no rest for the elected officials who work for us while they try to get away with this backward and racist takeover of our country. It simply cannot be tolerated.
Christine is an avid supporter of progressive politics. She is currently getting her Masters degree after concentrating in Gender Studies as an undergrad.