Rev. William Barber explodes in righteous fury over Warren rebuke: Trump's GOP 'allergic to truth'
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The Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II admonished Senate Republicans for stopping Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) from reading a 1986 letter from Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow opposing Jeff Sessions.

Coretta Scott King asked the Senate more than 30 years ago to reject Sessions -- now a senator and the nominee for U.S. attorney general -- as a federal judge, citing concerns about his commitment to civil rights and racial justice, and Warren used her words to remind senators about their colleague's record.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) cut off Warren, and senators voted 49-43 along party lines to prevent the Massachusetts Democrat from speaking on the floor until the confirmation vote for Sessions, an Alabama Republican.

"She was warned, she was given an explanation," McConnell said. "Nevertheless, she persisted."

Barber -- a civil rights giant and pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church in Goldsboro, North Carolina -- said the spectacle, and Sessions' candidacy, showed the GOP's commitment to preserving systemic racism.