Oops. The Republican party just accidentally energized liberal feminists across America, and of course Hollywood, by gifting them a brand new rally cry: #ShePersisted.
The hashtag, along with #LetLizSpeak, was trending on Twitter Tuesday night after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Senator Elizabeth Warren with Rule 19 - a rarely used chamber regulation that punishes senators for disparaging other senators - because the Democrat cited a 1986 letter written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s wife, Coretta Scott King, who opposed Senator Jeff Sessions' nomination for a federal judge position decades before he became President Trump's pick for attorney general.
"Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as a federal judge," Warren read, according to CNN, before a majority GOP party vote sent her back to her seat, barring her from participating in anymore discussion about Sessions.
The GOP may have temporarily silenced Warren, but accidentally amplified her message and notoriety. She immediately hit the cable news circuit to vent her frustration over the incident, and at the time of this writing, is still a top trend on Twitter, with many claiming "she persists" as an inspiring new slogan encouraging women to take a stand for human rights in the face of opposition.
I don't understand. Why were other senators allowed to read this letter but Elizabeth Warren was silenced? https://t.co/2yClRNe6sA