The idea of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General is very scary for a lot of reasons – namely because the Attorney General is the top law enforcement officer in the nation, and is in charge of the Department of Justice, which is supposed to make sure everyone’s civil rights are protected. That is unlikely to happen under an Attorney General Sessions.
Sessions was deemed too racist in 1986 to be confirmed to a federal judgeship by a GOP-controlled Senate. Now, 30 years later, the current incarnation of the GOP-controlled Senate is MAKING SURE that this racist gets to use his office to systematically strip rights from every group of people he dislikes.
The GOP likes to act all offended when they are called racists, but on Tuesday night, they showed themselves for the racists that they are, when Mitch McConnell actually used an obscure procedural rule to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren. Why, you might ask? Because she was reading the words of Coretta Scott King, the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Coretta Scott King wrote a letter to the United States Senate in 1986 urging them not to confirm Sessions as a federal judge, pointing out his hostility to the civil rights of African Americans. Therefore, the 2017 version of the Senate believe those words to be too obscene for the Senate Floor. For reference, here is a photo of the letter, via Twitter:
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) February 8, 2017
If these fools want people to think they aren’t racists, perhaps they shouldn’t silence a fellow senator for reading the words of the widow of an African American civil rights icon.
Watch the appalling move below, straight from the Senate Floor:
Flagging— Elizabeth Warren was silenced by McConnell tonight for reading the words of Coretta Scott King while speaking out against Sessions pic.twitter.com/ctXrge5Si0
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 8, 2017
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