Elizabeth Warren’s protest of now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions was an epic fail.
A day before confirming Sessions, the Senate essentially voted to shut her up after she violated Senate rules prohibiting impugning another senator, when she delivering a lengthy speech against his nomination. She claims she was silenced because she read a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King (Martin Luther King Jr’s late wife), criticizing Sessions when the chamber was debating whether to confirm Sessions to a lifetime appointment on the federal bench.
Three other senators (one of them being Bernie Sanders) read the aforementioned letter AFTER Warren was silenced, and McConnell didn’t penalize them. So perhaps the problem really was just her.
But she’s sticking by the narrative.
There’s no Rule 19 to silence me from talking about Jeff Sessions anymore. So let me say loudly & clearly: This is just the beginning.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 9, 2017
If Jeff Sessions turns a blind eye while @realDonaldTrump violates the Constitution or breaks the law, he'll hear from all of us.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 9, 2017
If Jeff Sessions makes even the tiniest attempt to bring his racism, sexism & bigotry into @TheJusticeDept, he'll hear from all of us.— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) February 9, 2017
Racist! Sexist! Bigot! We get it Liz – you’re going to run for president in 2020.
She’s clearly trying to draw attention to herself, and not just for her political career. As Breitbart noted:
In an extraordinary coincidence, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D.-Mass.) announced the release of her new book This Fight Is Our Fight Tuesday, the same day she gave the remarks about now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions which led the presiding officer of the senate to rule her out of order and senators to vote to restrict her speaking privileges in the Sessions debate.
The hardcover of the book and its Kindle version, along woth two versions of her previous book A Fighting Chance, now hold the top four slots in Amazon’s Congressional Bestsellers List.
Afterwards, Elizabeth for Massachusetts sent out a fundraising email with her version of what happened on the Senate floor and a text of the King letter.
The next day, Henry Holt retweeted its own tweet that kicked off the January launch of its own Coretta Scott King book, My Life, My Love, My Legacy, which featured the very same letter Warren read from the Senate floor.
— Henry Holt (@HenryHolt) January 11, 2017
What a coincidence! Her stunt didn’t stop Jeff Sessions, but who knows if that was really her goal anyway?
Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]