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#ShePersisted goes viral after Senate votes to silence Warren

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) inadvertently created a rallying cry for supporters of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (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 Sessions’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.

{mosads}“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.”

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.

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