Jeff Sessions was confirmed last night, but Elizabeth Warren is still in the news for some controversy she stirred up the night prior.As we reported yesterday, the Senate essentially voted to shut her up after she violated Senate rules prohibiting impugning another senator when she delivered a lengthy speech against the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for the position of Attorney General. The controversy allegedly stemmed from her remarks in reference to a 1986 letter written by Coretta Scott King (Martin Luther King Jr’s late wife), when the chamber was debating whether to confirm Sessions to a lifetime appointment on the federal bench.
Warren said afterwards that “This is about Coretta Scott King’s letter and that’s all this is about. She wrote a powerful letter about an important moment in history that directly involved Jeff Sessions and is directly relevant to the question of whether Jeff Sessions ought to be the attorney general of the United States — and Mitch McConnell didn’t want me to read that letter.”
Three other senators (one of them being Bernie Sanders) read the aforementioned letter AFTER Warren was silenced, and McConnell didn’t penalize them.
Whatever their reason for silencing Warren, it WAS NOT the Scott King letter.As we also reported yesterday, another King, Aldeva (MLK Jr’s niece), slammed Warren for race baiting, claiming that if Coretta was still alive today, her views would be different, because he “ended some [school segregation and] he worked to prosecute members of the KKK.”
Little did she know, she didn’t have to specify this is what her aunt might have thought had she still been alive today. In fact, her tune on Sessions changed following that 1986 letter while she was still alive.
As the internet sleuths at True Pundit discovered: now a more recent video has surfaced where Coretta King in fact praises Sessions at the launching of the Rosa Parks Library and Museum (from 2000).
OK – not a ringing endorsement of the man or anything, but why would she thank a man she still viewed as some kind of threat to civil rights for helping set up a civil rights museam?As many of us remember, Cory Booker made history in testifying against Sessions as a fellow Senator, as he had “serious concerns” about his civil rights record – but people found video of Booker praising Sessions for the work the two had done regarding civil rights… in 2016. I guess his attention span isn’t all too long.
Lastly, have any civil rights organizations taken notice of Sessions? Well, yes they have. Here’s one that the Heritage Foundation found:
Worst. White Supremacist. Ever.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]