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Democrats Back #LetLizSpeak Campaign

Warren's colleagues show they can use Twitter, too

Democrats like Schumer have joined in on Twitter’s #LetLizSpeak campaign to protest Republicans’ shutting down Warren’s speech about Sessions. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Democrats are taking up the #LetLizSpeak Twitter campaign backing Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren for her floor speech against attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions that Republicans cut off Tuesday night. 

Warren was reading a letter the late Coretta Scott King wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1986 opposing Sessions’ confirmation to be a federal district court judge as well as quoting statements from the late Sen. Edward Kennedy from that time. King’s letter said, among other thing, “Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.”

Republicans silenced Warren by invoking Senate Rule XIX, which prohibits senators from impugning the motives of a fellow senator. Quickly after Warren was prohibited from continuing her speech, Twitter erupted in a campaign of support for Warren with the hashtag #LetLizSpeake. 

Republicans Block Warren From Continuing Senate Speech

Warren’s Democratic congressional colleagues have joined in on the campaign to criticize Republicans’ efforts to silence her, as well as to slam Sessions as unqualified to be attorney general. 

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