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Democrats Found a Brilliant Way to Avenge Mitch McConnell's Silencing of Elizabeth Warren

Coretta Scott King's words will follow Jeff Sessions, whether Republicans like it or not.

Photo Credit: SenatorTomUdall / YouTube

Coretta Scott King was appalled by Jeff Sessions' civil rights record, and the Democrats won't let the public or their Republican colleagues in the Senate soon forget it. That was the message sent Wednesday, as several senators picked up where Elizabeth Warren was abruptly cut off by Mitch McConnell the day before.

"I can tell you, since this administration has come in, people are very worried about their voting rights... their democracy... the issue that goes to the heart of this nomination, which is how Sen. Sessions would behave as Attorney General on the issue of voting rights," explained Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM).

Coming from a "majority-minority" state (40-46% Hispanic), Udall was touched by King's 1986 letter on voting rights and strongly believed Warren "not be silenced" from reading it.

"We know the result of that [letter]," he added, urging the Senate to examine the late civil rights icon's warnings about Sessions' history.

"When the Majority Leader comes to the floor and strikes the words of Elizabeth Warren, just reading parts of this letter, he's not allowing the full record to be before the American people and he's not allowing a full debate to occur," said Udall.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) also read from King, remarking, "It's a sad day for democracy... when [her] words are not allowed on the floor of the United States Senate. I'd like to share those words with you today in their entirety."

Neither Brown nor Udall were interrupted. 

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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