Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has apparently been ignoring Sen. Elizabeth Warren since moving to silence her on the Senate floor in February, according to The Boston Globe.
McConnell cut Warren off in February as she tried to read a letter from Coretta Scott King during a speech on the Senate floor, explaining her opposition to Jeff Session’s nomination to be attorney general. McConnell invoked a little-used rule that blocks senators “by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”
Even though Sessions was eventually confirmed and two months have passed since the incident, the relationship between the two senators still remains frosty.
“I’ve spoken to him, but he has not spoken to me. I say hello to Mitch every chance I get, and he turns his head.”
After the February incident, McConnell said that Warren had been warned she could be cut off.
“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation,” McConnell said. “Nevertheless, she persisted.” The latter phrase immediately took off on social media as a progressive rallying cry.