November 11, 2020: Record crowds began pouring into streets in the United States and all across the globe late Tuesday evening when it was clear that Democratic firebrand Elizabeth Warren and her running mate, Senator Bernie Sanders were going to take the White House, toppling President Donald Trump in what is being termed the biggest landslide in electoral history. In sharp contrast to the 2016 elections, the gatherings seem to be celebratory and full of joy at the ascension of president-elect Warren to the highest office in the land. Of course President Trump, true to form, took to twitter to blast the results as “fake news”, “freaking rigged,” and that he vowed to “appeal to the Supreme damn Court.” Meanwhile, in a unusual but refreshing twist, president-elect Warren, when asked her thoughts regarding the president’s words stated that she gave, “zero fucks.”
A bit of humor there toward the end, but a reality not at all hard to imagine in light of very recent events. Last night, while speaking out against the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General of the United States, Elizabeth Warren was silenced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The impetus was that, according to the right, Warren had violated senate rules which prevents senators from “impugning” one another. The basis of said impugnment in this case? Well, let’s hear it for #CivilRights and #BlackHistoryMonth under the Trump administration because they nailed this one out of the park: the basis for McConnell silencing Warren on the senate floor was because she chose to read a letter from Coretta Scott King (Martin Luther King’s widow and a Civil Rights icon on her own right) written in 1986 opposing the nomination of Jeff Sessions to a federal judgeship. One quote from the letter read:
“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.”
-Coretta Scott King, 1986 letter opposing Jeff Sessions nomination to federal judgeship
This sent the GOP faction of the senate into a tizzy. The chamber went up in arms and the “how dare she” moment went into full swing when McConnell invoked that senate rule. A move the senator from Kentucky probably now regrets as his “Nevertheless she persisted” line from the proceedings is being utilized as a rallying cry for the left. It’s emboldened Warren’s supporters and made her already bright progressive star burn even brighter and, this blogger believes, has set the stage for things to come. Ergo, the futuristic “headline”.
During the last election cycle, Warren was Trump’s most fierce, relentless and passionate critic. She didn’t hesitate to go blow for blow with the Donald on topics ranging from healthcare to his failed businesses and the people Trump allegedly cheated during the congress of some of those business dealings. In most cases, Trump could only reply by calling her “pocahantas” in reference to Warren’s claim to be partially of Native American ancestry. Weak on Trump’s part. So it will indeed be interesting to see how 2020 shapes up. No matter how it does, you can bet your next breath that the “Nevertheless she persisted” gift given by McConnell will be plastered on every bumper sticker, television ad and campaign rally poster from the farthest point east to the farthest point west. Sure, 2020 is a long way off but really, is it ever too early to hope?
Think Passionately. Disrupt Strategically.
-A. Lawrence Haskins
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