Senate votes to silence Warren during second all-nighter; INSTANTLY regrets it

US Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, speaks to people gathered at Copley Square January 29, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts to decry US President Donald Trump's sweeping executive order, which restricts refugees and travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries. The measure temporarily suspends the arrival of refugees and imposes tough new controls on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen. / AFP / Ryan McBride (Photo credit should read RYAN MCBRIDE/AFP/Getty Images)

Oh, the shenanigans continue.

On Monday night, Democrats stayed up all night to delay a confirmation vote on Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s pick for education secretary. It was fruitless, because in the end she was confirmed — albeit with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence.

But hey, why let a fruitless exercise stop you from being annoying a second time? So, once again, Senate Democrats staged an overnight tantrum protest against the confirmation of Jeff Sessions for attorney general.

As The Hill reports, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) inadvertently created a rallying cry for supporters of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) when he rebuked her after the Senate voted to prevent her from speaking.

As Democrats held the Senate floor overnight to protest Sen. Jeff Sessions’s (R-Ala.) nomination to be attorney general, Warren quoted a 1986 letter that Coretta Scott King, the widow of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote opposing Sessions’s nomination for a federal judgeship at the time.

McConnell interrupted Warren, saying she had impugned another senator.

“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech. She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”

The Senate voted 49-43 along party lines to prevent Warren from speaking on the Senate floor for the remainder of debate on Sessions’s nomination.

But on social media, Warren backers turned McConnell’s criticism into a rallying cry, praising the Democrat for persisting despite GOP attempts to stop her from speaking.

And just like that, Elizabeth Warren hatched a hashtag campaign and Twitter storm.

Not exactly sure how being a PITA on the Senate floor conflates to fighting for racial equality, but hey, no one ever said there was any logic in “liberal logic.”

[Note: This article was written by Michele Hickford]


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