The turbulent national debate over race, gender and free speech in the United States has been brought back into the headlines once again after the Senate confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney-General Jeff Sessions. At the same time, the latest star turn for Ms. Warren rekindled the gender-infused politics that animated the presidential election and the women’s march protesting Mr. Trump the day after his inauguration last month. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general in the Trump administration.
The debate had been colored by Sessions’ nomination to a federal judgeship three decades ago, which was rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee after it was alleged that as a federal prosecutor he had called a black attorney “boy” and had said organizations like the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union were un-American.
Elizabeth Warren was silenced when she tried to read from a letter written by Martin Luther King’s widow about Sen.
Sessions’ confirmation process proved divisive well before the confirmation vote. Sen. Meanwhile, Democrats, under pressure from their progressive base, have used every procedural trick at their disposal to draw out and delay action on Trump’s picks.
Some of those senators, who were all men, pointed out what they said was a double-standard because Warren was the only one censored.
I was shut down for saying exactly that sentence, repeating it out of Coretta Scott King’s letter.
He even addressed a Senate ruckus this week as Republicans rebuked Sen.
After the Republicans’ vote, Warren finished reading King’s letter outside the Senate in a Facebook Live video, viewed more than 5 million times in less than 24 hours.
Sessions was confirmed by the Senate after a contentious, all-night debate about his nomination. “Jeff has been a highly respected member of the U.S. Senate for 20 years”, Donald said in a statement.
Some of them included: “We love you”, “Thank you so much for displaying what real leadership is”, and “Standing strong and proud beside you from Kentucky, Senator Warren”. “I think he’s up to the task”, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) criticized Republicans for “selective enforcement” of the rule.
Democrats, civil rights and immigration groups have voiced alarm about Sessions’ record of controversial positions on race, immigration and criminal justice reform. He was bookended by Senator Tom Udall – who not only read read Scott’s full letter but part of her 1986 testimony – and Senator Sherrod Brown, who read the letter as well. George Grow was the editor. Elizabeth Warren was banned from reading.
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