'Shameful': Internet shreds McConnell for stopping Warren from reading Coretta Scott King letter to Senate
Coretta Scott King, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Coming, as it does during Black History Month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and fellow Republicans were lambasted for stopping fellow Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) from reading a letter penned by the widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the Senate floor.


Tuesday night the Massachusetts senator attempted to read the letter written by Coretta Scott King in 1985 to the late Senator Strom Thurmond attacking President Donald Trump's choice of Jeff Sessions when he was up for a federal judgeship.

According to McConnell, Warren was in violation of little-used Rule XIX, which states: “No Senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”

Condemnation of McConnell's move came on the Senate floor, with newly-elected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) calling it, "Outrageous."

On Twitter, commenters were equally outraged, calling it "shameful," with one writing, "Irony = silencing the voice of a leader of the civil rights movement during African American history month."

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