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"He has not spoken to me": Elizabeth Warren says Mitch McConnell is still angry about her reading the Coretta Scott King letter

Warren won't say there's sexism at play but does think there's bad blood between her and the Senate's GOP leader


Charlie May
April 17, 2017 5:56PM (UTC)

Elizabeth Warren persisted, but she's not over it.

"All I can say is the next day, four men stood up and read exactly the same letter and they all got to finish," Warren told CBS News' "Sunday Morning," referring to her silencing at the hands of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for reading a letter by Coretta Scott King in opposition to a years-ago confirmation of Jeff Sessions for a federal judge post. Warren wouldn't say exactly if there had been sexism in McConnell's actions when attempted to stymie Sessions' recent confirmation for U.S. attorney general.

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Warren was also asked by CBS if she was comfortable with being referred to as "the de-facto leader of the Trump resistance."

Replied Warren, "Look, if it works," adding, "What I want to do, is I want to have every person in this country lift their voices and be heard."

When pressed if that meant she would run against President Trump in 2020, she said she's not thinking about it.

"I'm running for re-election here in Massachusetts; I want to stay in the Senate," Warren said.

Warren was silenced on the Senate floor in February while reading from a letter composed in 1986 by Coretta Scott King, widow to Martin Luther King Jr.

“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted," McConnell said about Warren in February, in a line that has since been turned against him.

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Warren said she believes there are longstanding scars between her and McConnell concerning what he considered her violation of Senate rules.

“I’ve spoken to him, but he has not spoken to me,” Warren told the Boston Globe in a separate piece. “I say hello to Mitch every chance I get, and he turns his head.”


Charlie May

Charlie May is a news writer at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @charliejmay

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