Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellDems delay Senate panel vote on Supreme Court nominee This week: GOP picks up the pieces after healthcare defeat The Memo: Winners and losers from the battle over healthcare MORE (R-Ky.) inadvertently created a rallying cry for supporters of Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWeek ahead: Senate panel to vote on Trump's Labor pick Dems question potential Kushner real estate deal with Chinese firm Inspector general reviewing HHS decision to halt ObamaCare ads MORE (D-Mass.) when he rebuked her after the Senate voted to prevent her from speaking.
As Democrats held the Senate floor overnight to protest Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsCheech Marin hopes Trump voters 'starting to realize their mistake' Americans have a right to know what intel community knows on Russia Bannon encouraged Sessions to run for president before meeting Trump: report MORE's (R-Ala.) nomination for attorney general, Warren quoted a 1986 letter that the late Coretta Scott King, a civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr., wrote opposing Sessions's nomination for a federal judgeship at the time.
McConnell interrupted Warren, saying she had impugned another senator.
The Senate voted 49-43 along party lines to prevent Warren from speaking on the Senate floor for the remainder of debate on Sessions's nomination.
But on social media, Warren backers turned McConnell's criticism into a rallying cry, praising the Democrat for persisting despite GOP attempts to stop her from speaking.
Many shared the quote with images of strong female role models. The quote turned into a hashtag, which along with #LetLizSpeak, has gone viral.
"She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted" sounds like a great new rallying cry for the feminist movement.— Nisha Chittal (@NishaChittal) February 8, 2017
Where does one get the "she was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless she persisted" t-shirt?— Soledad O'Brien (@soledadobrien) February 8, 2017
Put this on my tombstone https://t.co/guM197CJyk— Robyn Swirling (@RSwirling) February 8, 2017
"Nevertheless, she persisted." Mitch McConnell just gave Elizabeth Warren the title of her autobiography, if not a line of T-shirts.— David Simon (@AoDespair) February 8, 2017
She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted. pic.twitter.com/ebXJRX23Re— Marc (@MarcSnetiker) February 8, 2017
"Nevertheless, she persisted." pic.twitter.com/hSLqCbPAc9— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) February 8, 2017
"Nevertheless, she persisted." pic.twitter.com/75Owib52Mb— Don Van Natta Jr. (@DVNJr) February 8, 2017