Warren: GOP ‘can’t change the truth’

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg tweeted support for 'Medicare for All' in 2018 Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems change drug pricing bill to address progressive concerns | Top Republican rejects Dem proposal on surprise medical bills | Vaping group launches Fox News ad blitz Hillicon Valley: FCC approves T-Mobile-Sprint merger | Dems wrangle over breaking up Big Tech at debate | Critics pounce as Facebook's Libra stumbles | Zuckerberg to be interviewed by Fox News | Twitter details rules for political figures' tweets MORE (D-Mass.) says a GOP effort to silence critics of Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' Trump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy MORE (R-Ala.) will not make him fit to serve as President Trump’s attorney general.

“There have been some harsh words on the United States Senate throughout the years,” she said late Tuesday on “CNN Tonight.”

“But all of a sudden, when I’m reading something, a truthful statement from Coretta Scott King, the answer, ‘Nope, can’t say that,’ ” Warren told host Don Lemon.


“Let me tell you this: They can shut me up, but they can’t change the truth. What Coretta Scott King talked about Jeff Sessions doing back in 1986 is something every American should know about.”

The Senate voted to bar Warren from speaking on the floor late Tuesday after Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellPatient advocates launch drug pricing ad campaign Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs War of words at the White House MORE (R-Ky.) said she had broken chamber rules and “impugned” Sessions.

Warren quoted the late King, civil rights activist and wife of Martin Luther King Jr., during a blistering speech arguing against Sessions’s confirmation.

“[Sessions] had used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens," Warren quoted, referencing Sessions's work as a U.S. attorney in Alabama prior to his failed federal judgeship confirmation hearing in 1986.

Warren added during the CNN interview that Republicans are stifling criticism of all of Trump’s Cabinet nominees, citing Tuesday’s confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Education secretary as another example.

“Well, you know, this is a time when we can’t debate nominees,” she said. "The Republicans are determined to just cram them down our throat sideways.”

“You tell me a time in American history after we had a Department of Education, when it was that someone who basically doesn’t believe in public education would become the secretary of Education?” Warren asked.