Republicans turn Sessions vote into a vote of approval for racism and bigotry


“Here comes another kissy-kiss from the Klan”

Sen. Mitch McConnell used a little known Senate bylaw to stop Sen. Elizabeth Warren from using the words of Dr. Martin Luther King’s widow to question Trump’s pick for U.S. Attorney General on Tuesday night.

The Democrat from Massachusetts was about to speak of Session’s voting record on domestic violence when McConnell said Warren was “impugning the motives and conduct” of Sen. Jeff Sessions with Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter opposing his failed judicial appointment.

The March 19, 1986 letter Warren recited was addressed to former South Carolina Sen. James Thurmond and stated Sessions used his position of power “in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.”

McDonnell accused Warren of violating Senate Rule 19, which prohibits lawmakers from impugning a colleague’s conduct on the floor.

“I am surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate,” Warren fired back…

The GOP majority Senate found Warren in violation of impugning Session’s conduct with a 49-43 vote, prohibiting Warren from speaking for the rest of the debate.

Yes, it comes to this. The words of Coretta Scott King aren’t white enough to please Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and the Republican Party. The party of racist innuendo has become an open voice for racism and bigotry. The party of racism now uses its majority position to silence critics even from the grave.

2 thoughts on “Republicans turn Sessions vote into a vote of approval for racism and bigotry

  1. Memory Hole says:

    “Read the letter Coretta Scott King wrote opposing Sessions’s 1986 federal nomination” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2017/01/10/read-the-letter-coretta-scott-king-wrote-opposing-sessionss-1986-federal-nomination/ “BuzzFeed News first reported the existence of the letter earlier Tuesday, noting that it was never entered into the congressional record by then-Judiciary Committee Chair Strom Thurmond.” https://www.buzzfeed.com/johnstanton/coretta-scott-king-letter-jeff-sessions?utm_term=.dmAWx7bWV#.oseyX38yY “It’s unclear why Thurmond didn’t include the letter in the record. Chairman Chuck Grassley’s office did not respond to requests for the letter, and sources told BuzzFeed News that Democratic members’ hands are tied by committee rules that give Grassley the sole authority to release it.”

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