Last night, during the Senate confirmation hearing of Senator
Jefferson Beauregard “Jeff” Sessions III for Attorney General,
Senator Elizabeth Warren attempted to read a letter that Coretta
Scott King had written to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986
opposing Sessions’ nomination for a federal judgeship (which he
did not get).
Watch the video — it’s jarring.
I can’t help but feel this is backfiring on the Republicans. I’m seeing far more coverage of their preventing Warren from reading this letter — a letter from Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow! — than we would have seen if they’d simply allowed her to read it.
Every other Democratic senator should attempt to read King’s letter on Sessions. Make the Republicans own this.
See also: This collection of tweets by James Grimmelmann documenting the pro-slavery origins of Rule 19.
★ Wednesday, 8 February 2017