Dr. Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. said that Sen. Elizabeth Warren was attempting to play the race card by reading a letter from Coretta Scott King to smear Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions on the floor of the Senate Tuesday night.
“It’s almost like a bait and switch — stir up their emotions, use the name of King… play the race card, which she was attempting to do,” King told Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto during an interview on Wednesday.
“In that letter she would be referring to perhaps some of his comments however, she would agree today that he of course ended some school desegregation. He worked to prosecute members of the KKK. Aunt Coretta was a very reasonable woman, and she, with integrity, would have noted that he had done some great work in fighting discrimination.”
After being shut down on the Senate floor Warren took to Facebook late Tuesday night to finish delivering her speech.
Quoting King on the Senate floor for the purpose of degrading Sessions put Warren in violation of Senate rules for ‘‘impugning the motives’’ of Sessions, though the letter was written about 10 years before Sessions was elected to the Senate.
Warren later posted on Twitter that, “I will not be silent about a nominee for AG who has made derogatory & racist comments that have no place in our justice system.”
The Democratic National Committee said it is a “sad day in America when the words of Martin Luther King Jr’s widow are not allowed on the floor of the United States Senate.”
According Dr. Alveda King, it was a sad day that Warren was trying to play the race card to discredit Senator Sessions just because the Democrats refuse to accept that Donald Trump is the president.