Sen. Elizabeth Warren's message of Democratic Party resistance against Republicans has gained more traction since she was barred from speaking on the Senate floor Tuesday night during Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions' confirmation hearing.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked a seldom-used rule that silences senators who impugn a fellow senator's conduct. Warren was attempting to read Coretta Scott King's 1986 letter in which the wife of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. criticized Sessions' actions against African-American voting rights.
He was confirmed as attorney general on Wednesday.
McConnell's explanation for banning her has already become a rallying point, according to The New York Times: "She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."
After her ban, Warren read the letter on Facebook, which has gained more than 11 million views as of Thursday morning and hashtags in support of Warren gained popularity on Twitter, including #LetLizSpeak and #ShePersisted.
Warren supporters said Democrats need to show such resistance.
"What the public needs to see from Democrats right now is more backbone and more standing on principle," said Adam Green, co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, The Times reports.
After the vote to bar Warren, male senators, including Vermont's Bernie Sanders and New Mexico's Tom Udall, read King's letter without being banned, The Times reported.
"What hit me the hardest was, it is about silence. It's about trying to shut people up," Warren told civil rights leaders Wednesday morning, according to The Times.
Wednesday night, she posted on Twitter about Sessions' approval:
Then she sent a message to her supporters:
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