but it didn’t work as well as expected. Now everyone wants to read the “controversial” letter that the Republicans’ in the Senate tried to squelch.
When Sen. Elizabeth Warren attempted to debate the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General by reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King’s widow, she was interrupted by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). She was rebuked and her words struck down after she was accused of “impugning” the Alabama senator’s character. The letter was penned more than 30 years ago to urge the Senate Judiciary Committee to block Sessions appointment as a federal judge. Among other things, it accused him of being a racist. The letter helped to defeat his appointment then. Perhaps it would have worked again if the senator had been “allowed” her constitutional right of free speech to read those powerful and historical words.
In response to Warren’s censure, Democratic senators spoke out against Sessions and read parts of Mrs. King’s letter. Several of them tried to get the letter put into the Senate records but were rebuffed. We can, and should, read Mrs. King’s letter below to know what we’re up against with racism seemingly making a comeback into the highest offices in the country.