Lindsey Graham: Floor action to silence Warren ‘long overdue’
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Senate Republicans' action to bar Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw Georgia senator mocks Harris's name before Trump rally: 'Kamala-mala-mala, I don't know' Warren, Porter to headline progressive fundraiser supporting seven swing state candidates MORE (D-Mass.) from continuing to speak against Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHarris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House The Memo: Team Trump looks to Pence to steady ship in VP debate MORE (R-Ala.) Tuesday night was “long overdue,” Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamPush to expand Supreme Court faces Democratic buzzsaw RNC chairwoman: Republicans should realize distancing themselves from Trump 'is hurting themselves in the long run' Latest Mnuchin-Pelosi call produces 'encouraging news on testing' for stimulus package MORE (R-S.C.) said.

“Because you’re reading a letter from somebody that defames the senator is not a reason to ignore it,” Graham told conservative radio host Mike Gallagher on Wednesday.

“The bottom line is, it was long overdue with her. I mean, she is clearly running for the [Democratic presidential] nomination in 2020.”

The South Carolina senator said Warren’s fiery comments about Sessions, President Trump's nominee for attorney general, are a sign of the uncertainty within the Democratic Party and the efforts being made by its most "extreme" members to seize control.

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“The Democratic Party is being pushed really hard by the most extreme voices in their community, and they just don’t know how to handle it,” Graham said.

“If they empower her, then I think the Democratic Party is going to lose its way with the vast majority of the American people,” he added.

Republicans voted to rebuke Warren Tuesday night during a debate over Sessions’s nomination, saying that the Massachusetts senator had violated Senate rules by personally attacking Sessions.

At the time McConnell interrupted her, Warren was reading a letter by the late Coretta Scott King, a civil rights activist and the wife of Martin Luther King Jr., denouncing Sessions’s 1986 nomination for a federal judgeship.

The move to remove Warren from the debate sparked immediate criticism by Democrats, many of whom voiced support for the progressive firebrand.