#ShePersisted Is The New #NastyWoman After Senate Shuts Down Elizabeth Warren
Last night, Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on the senate floor during a cabinet debate regarding Senator Jeff Sessions, after she chose to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King, regarding the Alabama senator.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell stopped Warren from reading the letter after accusing her of impugning the character of Senator Sessions.
Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter shared the following opinion on Sessions,
Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters.
Though Senator Warren was effectively blocked, she later read the letter in full on Facebook Live, garnering over 6 million views.
Mitch McConnell defended his choice to silence Warren, saying, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
And with those two words, “she persisted,” a new leftist battle cry began.
McConnell’s interjection reminded many people of when Trump interrupted Hillary Clinton during the presidential debates and absentmindedly said, “such a nasty woman.”
Clinton continued talking and ignored him, and #NastyWoman immediately became a movement, which eventually led to the national Women’s March on Washington.
Similarly, Twitter erupted with not one, but two hashtags in honor of Elizabeth Warren, and they both urged her voice to be heard.
The first was #LetLizSpeak, largely led by Senator Kamala Harris.
Senator Harris called it harmful to silence Warren’s words in the democratic process, and she signaled to the danger of finding Mrs. King’s words irrelevant to the cabinet hearing.
But, the most notable hashtag came from Senator McConnell’s quote, #ShePersisted. It’s the latest feminist battle cry that represents a group that is used to being silenced.
Discrimination in the workplace is still a very real issue for American women, and it’s even worse for women of color.
In fact, after Warren was silenced for reading Mrs. King’s quote, her male colleague, Democratic Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, was allowed to read the very same letter on the senate floor.
He was not silenced.
Now, Twitter is responding to the blatant sexism and exclusion of Senator Warren by sharing their thoughts using #ShePersisted.
One user felt empowered to get even louder once Senator Warren was silenced.
Another made a joke that if Warren were a Texas senator, the hashtag would have been #OhHellNo.
People noted the moment as one they will pass on to their future daughters.
Others pointed out the noticeable hypocrisy in Republicans using Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s words only when it’s convenient for them.
It’s important to remember the parallels of women’s history, and black history, in the past and how it lines up today.
Nevertheless, it’s clear Senator McConnell’s dismissal of Elizabeth Warren only gave her point more attention than he ever intended to.
And that is exactly why #ShePersisted.
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