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."
A sampling below:
Yo @SenateMajLdr aka #RacistTurtle here's the letter from #CorettaScottKing you were scared of. RT https://t.co/FBEVWAJ44B— colton dunn (@colton dunn)1486526608.0
On the 7th day of Black History Month, the party of Lincoln rebuked Sen. Warren for quoting #CorettaScottKing. #SenateRepublicans #Sessions— HoosMaxHall (@HoosMaxHall)1486528859.0
Irony = silencing the voice of a leader of the civil rights movement during African American history month #letlizspeak #CorettaScottKing— Mamani Older (@Mamani Older)1486526583.0
#CorettaScottKing Stay classy Republicans! @SenateGOP @SenateMajLdr @SenWarren @SenateDems https://t.co/jdZ8S8zGfK— Tolerance (🚫 Lists) #Biden2020 🇺🇸 #ByeDON2020🖕 (@Tolerance (🚫 Lists) #Biden2020 🇺🇸 #ByeDON2020🖕)1486528852.0
What the hell is going on? #BetsyDeVos is put through, but @SenWarren shut down for quoting #CorettaScottKing ? Wake me up for midterms 2018— We All Need A Helping Hand (@We All Need A Helping Hand)1486528760.0
Old white man shushing smart woman on Senate floor #oldwhiteman #elizabethwarren #CorettaScottKing— Bonnie West (@Bonnie West)1486528757.0
"They can shut me up, but they can't change the truth" you go, @SenWarren! #Sessionshearing #NoSessions #letlizspeak #CorettaScottKing— Suraj Madoori (@Suraj Madoori)1486528707.0
Trying to silence @SenWarren reading #CorettaScottKing letter about @SenJeffSessions ... how's that working out for… https://t.co/vAOdk2ZHoZ— jerri green (@jerri green)1486528660.0
What is happening? Is the need for partisan loyalty so deep that racist #Session can be heard but not #CorettaScottKing.Shameful& backwards— Tammie Lozolla (@Tammie Lozolla)1486528626.0
By prohibiting @SenWarren from reading #CorettaScottKing's letter on the Senate floor, the #GOP has given MORE attention to their depravity.— Barry's Musings ⚖️✊🏾🖋 (@Barry's Musings ⚖️✊🏾🖋)1486528557.0
To be clear, @tedcruz can read Green Eggs and Ham on the senate floor, but @SenWarren can't read #CorettaScottKing #LetLizSpeak— Jason Freeman (@Jason Freeman)1486525346.0