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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Elizabeth Warren Censored From Speaking On The Senate Floor; Male Democrats Pickup Her Message

I am certain you know Donald Trump has nominated Alabama Senator Jeff B. Sessions to head the Department of Justice.  Sessions has a legislative and legal background which without debate should disqualifying any consideration for leading the nation's law enforcement from the federal level.  

Sessions's record in his home state of Alabama is so socially deplorable and overtly biased against African-Americans, he was previously denied a seat on the Federal bench.  None other than the widower of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Coretta Scott King, crafted a letter to then Senator Strum Thurmond. The letter is posted below via a friend of The Progressive Influence, Jon S. Randal.

The letter is front and center in the news based on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's virtual censorship of Fellow Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren attempted to read the letter.  

I offered a bit of background via NPR (2016).

A perspective on warren's Censorship from speaking on the Senate floor.


Jon S. Randal


Here is some background on the Coretta Scott King letter that is in the news today.
As you may have heard, Senator Elizabeth Warren was censured by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans last night for daring to read a letter written 30 years ago by Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr.
The letter was opposing the nomination of Jeff Sessions for a federal judgeship. Sessions, now an Alabama senator, has been nominated for attorney general. The attorney general is responsible for leading the United States Department of Justice regarding legal affairs and is the chief law enforcement officer and chief lawyer of the United States government.
This letter by Coretta Scott King, questioning Session's ability to be fair when he had a record of intimidating elderly, black voters, was sent to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Strom Thurmond. King asked that the letter be part of the hearing record.
It never happened. The letter never made it into the congressional record three decades ago. Thurmond, who has been accused of racism himself, never made the letter public. It just simply disappeared in 1986, and it only surfaced again when an unidentified person leaked the letter to the Washington Post before Sessions’ January confirmation hearings.
According to the president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, “We should remember that this letter was somehow never made part of the official Senate Judiciary Committee record in 1986, was reportedly kept from public release by the chair of the Committee in 2017, and now has been blocked from being read aloud in prime time by the Senate Majority Leader."
"The deliberate silencing of Mrs. King’s voice for 30 years is a story of astonishing magnitude.”

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McConnell and his Republican colleagues used a parliamentary procedure to censor Senator Warren, but it is worth noting other Democrats used the same letter as a prop for their podium opposition to the Session's confirmation. Senator Jeff Merkley, D-OR, tweeted his concern with McConnell's censorship of "the woman" while allowing letter derivative reading from men in the US Senate.
.@SenatorTomUdall @SenSherrodBrown @SenSanders and I read  w/o censure. Why silence only the woman @SenWarren https://twitter.com/CBSNews/status/829333470044360704 

Think Progress reports.

If there is a rational person in America who feel women get the same treatment and consideration from Republicans and Democrats, the person isn't current events nor news savvy. 

Kellyanne Conway, left, Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, Stephen K. Bannon, Reince Priebus and Stephen Miller, all members of President Trump’s senior staff, last month at the White House. CreditStephen Crowley/The New York Times

"...all members of President Trump’s senior staff." Yes of course!


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