Hillary Clinton took to Twitter to weigh in after Senate Republicans blocked Sen. Elizabeth Warren from speaking on the Senate floor.
Clinton’s tweet quoted a line from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that has been widely shared since he led Republicans in a party line vote to block a Tuesday night speech from Warren on the floor.
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,'” Clinton quoted McConnell in her tweet. “So must we all.”
"She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."
So must we all.https://t.co/JXROGHPNkH
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 8, 2017
The phrase Clinton tweeted, which has gone viral since Warren was given a rare rebuke from her Senate colleagues on Tuesday, became a battle cry for Warren’s supporters after McConnell stopped her speech.
As Democrats held the Senate floor to protest Sen. Jeff Sessions’s nomination for attorney general, Warren quoted a 1986 letter that the late Coretta Scott King, a civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr., once wrote to oppose Sessions’s then-nomination for a federal judgeship.
McConnell interrupted Warren on the grounds that she had impugned another senator.
“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Clinton’s tweet also included a link to the video of the Massachusetts senator reading King’s letter aloud outside of the Senate after she was rebuked.