Mitch McConnell's Neighbors Made Sure He Heard Coretta Scott King's Letter

Nevertheless, his neighbors persisted.

As part of his bid to push through Jeff Sessions' nomination as Attorney General, Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell wielded his power in the Senate to silence an opinion he didn't want to hear. McConnell led the vote to silence Elizabeth Warren as she read Coretta Scott King's letter opposing Sessions' judicial appointment in the 1980s, a move that dominated headlines the next day. Alas for McConnell, his neighbors on Capitol Hill made sure the Kentucky politician and his fellow Republicans heard King's words loud and clear. 

A last-minute demonstration took place outside McConnell's residence in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday evening as organizers read King's letter out loud. Many brought signs protesting Sessions' nomination, as well as placards bearing the words "nevertheless, she persisted" in reference to McConnell's comments about Warren that were quickly turned into a rallying cry. 


McConnell's decision to silence Warren on the Senate floor prompted criticism on the internet and beyond. After the incident, several senators, including Bernie Sanders, took over their Democratic colleague's task to read King's letter. On social media, many expressed anger that two women were effectively silenced that day: Warren and King, the widow of Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The combination of the sexism of silencing one of the few female senators, and the fact that she was reading Coretta Scott King's words, outraged me," Ruth Eisenberg, one of the rally's organizers, told DCist. "Really what we're trying to do is call attention to Jeff Session's lack of fitness to be attorney general."

The scene outside McConnell's house was among the slew of protests that have taken place across the country since President Trump took office. The administration's first few weeks have inspired many people, particularly women, to become more politically engaged. 

McConnell also likely came home to quite the sight Wednesday night — protestors had left signs on the senator's doorstep while he was at the Senate, presumably observing his fellow Republicans honor their promises to approve Sessions' nomination. 

The Alabama senator, who was blocked from a federal judgeship in the '80s for allegations of racism, was confirmed as U.S. Attorney General by a 52-47 vote in the Senate.


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