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By both censoring and censuring Elizabeth Warren, the Republicans in the Senate are attempting to normalize the intolerable record of Sessions' racist past.

US Republican senators voted to silence Democrat Senator Elizabeth Warren after she began reading a letter written 30 years ago by Martin Luther King Jr's widow that criticised attorney general nominee Senator Jeff Sessions.

Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) interrupted Warren while was reading the letter, saying she had the potential to be in violation of a Senate rule that states senators can't charge fellow senators with "conduct or motive unworthy of becoming a senator".

When McConnell objected to Warren's speech, he cited the second line as something that was over the line.

Warren was warned after Kennedy's quote; she was then told to sit down and be quiet after Sen. "To see this body act as it did tonight is disappointing to me", the New Jersey Democrat said on the Senate floor Tuesday night, The Hill reports.

Since she was silenced, many have rallied around Warren using McConnell's wording, "She persisted".

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"In the time that this has blown up everywhere, four of your male colleagues have been able to read the letter in full". Sessions' inevitable confirmation still was going through the motions of being debated on the floor of the Senate, Warren kicked off her 2020 presidential campaign, getting up to read a 1986 letter from King. I hope everybody reads her letter. The vote was 52 to 47, with Senator Joe Manchin casting the Democratic vote in support of Sessions. Pressure built during debate about Sessions, whose record on civil rights ultimately doomed his nomination to a federal judgeship in the 1980s.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm one of its own, Sen.

The Alabama Senator was confirmed by a 52-47 vote, nearly exclusively along party lines.

Sessions will take control of the Justice Department following the confirmation.

"Jeff Sessions is a very fine person", Hatch said.

Now, Warren is forbidden from speaking again on Sessions' nomination.