'She Was Warned. She Was Given an Explanation. Nevertheless, She Persisted.'
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a letter written by civil rights icon Coretta Scott King on the Senate floor Tuesday evening, and received an official rebuke, led by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY). TheÂ Senate Majority Leader claimed by reading the letter, which none other than Sen. Ted Kennedy did on the Senate floor decades ago, she violated an arcane and rarely-invoked rule against "impugning" a fellow senator.
Warren received an officialÂ rebuke and was banned from discussing the matter at hand going forward: the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to becomeÂ Donald Trump's attorney general.
Senator McConnell uttered this now infamous phrase: "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted." It's now become a rallying cry.
McConnell on silencing Warren: "She was warned.She was given an explanation.Nevertheless she persisted." That's every abuser's justificationâ€” Marianne Williamson (@marwilliamson) February 8, 2017
So many are angered and wondering why Senate Republicans allowed four other senators to read the exact same letter on the floor after Warren was rebuked.
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), all read the same King letter on the senateÂ floor and received no rebuke:
On the floor, Sen. Tom Udall just recited the Coretta Scott King letter that Elizabeth Warren tried to read https://t.co/zmdxJqN4V1â€” Amanda Wills (@AmandaWills) February 8, 2017
Sherrod Brown is reading Coretta Scott King's letter on Sessions in its entirety. No one is objecting.â€” Michael McAuliff (@mmcauliff) February 8, 2017
Sen Bernie Sanders I-VT has just read the same Coretta Scott King quote that drew a Rule XIX rebuke to Warrenâ€” Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) February 8, 2017
On Twitter many are accusing Republicans and McConnell of sexism:
Sexism on top of racism is obvious, but also shows McConnell/GOP are terrified of Warren. https://t.co/YNOhR5TRPJâ€” Gary Rosche (@guyindurham) February 8, 2017
Great of Merkley to finish what Warren started but fact that he was not silenced underscores brutal sexism of Mitch McConnellâ€” mary mcnamara (@marymacTV) February 8, 2017