Hillary Clinton jumped to Elizabeth Warren's defense, tweeting a message of support for the Massachusetts senator after Senate Republicans voted to prohibit her from speaking on the floor (video below).
"'She was warned," Clinton tweeted on Feb. 8, quoting Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentrucky. "She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.' So must we all."
Clinton, whose tweet has since gone viral, with more than 26,000 retweets and more than 66,000 likes, was referring to McConnell's decision to ban Warren from speaking while Democrats were protesting Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama being nominated for attorney general, notes CNN. During this time, Warren read from a letter that Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow, civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, wrote 30 years ago to oppose Sessions when he was nominated at the time to be a federal judge.
"Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens in the district he now seeks to serve as a federal judge," Warren quoted from Coretta's letter, according to CNN.
That sent Republicans up in arms, saying that she had broken Senate rules against impugning another senator.
"Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech," McConnell said, according to The Hill. "She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."
The Senate voted along party lines to ban her from further participating further in the late night floor protest speeches against the nominee.
"They can shut me up, but they can't change the truth," Warren told CNN's Don Lemon, adding that the decision ensures that she "literally can't be recognized on the floor of the Senate." "I have become a nonperson during the discussion of Jeff Sessions," she explained.
Warren promised to her followers on Twitter that she "will not be silent" in her opposition to the prospective attorney general, whom she said "has made derogatory & racist comments that have no place in our justice system."
After Warren was banned from speaking, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon all read the letter out loud.
Here is the video of Warren reading Coretta's words privately after the Senate banned her from doing so on the floor: