During a floor speech in the Senate in opposition to the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general in Trump’s administration, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell cut off Senator Elizabeth Warren while she was quoting a letter written by Coretta Scott King.
The letter was written when Sessions was being considered for federal judgeship in 1986. The letter argued that “Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens.”
“I am surprised that the words of Coretta Scott King are not suitable for debate in the United States Senate,” Warren replied when Senator Steve Daines, who was presiding in the chair, agreed with McConnell’s objection.