On Friday evening, protesters descended upon Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s home in Louisville, Kentucky to read Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter in opposition of Jeff Sessions’ nomination for federal judgeship — the same letter he silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren from reading on the Senate floor.
McConnell silenced Warren on Tuesday night while Warren invoked Mrs. King’s letter as part of her own speech in opposition to Sessions’ nomination for U.S. attorney general. Sessions was confirmed on Wednesday.
McConnell’s quote in reference to Warren’s speech immediately gained popularity on the left as a battle cry of sorts.
“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.”
Roughly 400 protesters turned out to read the letter in front of McConnell’s home. Many of those that gathered posted messages about the event using the hashtags #LettertoMich and #LetLizSpeak.
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The protest was organized by the group Parents for Social Justice. It involved individuals reading the letter in unison under the light of cell phones and flashlights. A similar protest was planned to occur outside McConnell’s home in Washington, D.C.