At a late night protest arranged by democrats against President Donald Trump’s nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions, Senator Warren, during her address to the audience, began reading from a letter written in 1986 by Coretta Scott King against the then Sessions’ nomination to a seat on the federal bench, first reported by WIRED.
“Anyone who has used the power of his office as United States Attorney to intimidate and chill the free exercise of the ballot by citizens should not be elevated to our courts. Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters. For this reprehensible conduct, he should not be rewarded with a federal judgeship,” reads an extract from the letter.
The Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell was quick in intervening and stopping Warren from proceeding further, justifying the decision saying that Warren was in violation of the rules in regards to verbally assaulting other members of the Senate.
“And just like that, Warren’s message, which might have otherwise gone largely unheard during the late-night session, spread far and wide with the hashtag #LetLizSpeak,” reported WIRED.
According to WIRED, Senator Mitch McConnell unknowingly set in motion the “Streisand effect” named after Barbara Streisand whose lawsuit against a photographer taking pictures of her home in Malibu had the opposite effect to what Streisand may have anticipated, directing huge internet traffic to the host site of the pictures. “The Streisand effect, then, describes the phenomenon in which efforts to conceal or censor information only drive more attention to it.”
That is exactly what happened Tuesday night when Senator Mitchell McConnell unknowingly stirred an internet storm when his own words against Senator Warren went viral on the internet in support of Warren. “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted,” is what McConnell had said and it did not take very long for his words to traverse the world wide web along with images of “women’s rights and civil rights leaders like Ruby Bridges, the first black child to integrate schools in the Jim Crow south and Malala Yousafzai, who was shot for advocating for girls education in Pakistan,” reported WIRED.
Coretta King’s full letter was circulated widely an extract from which reads:
“It is my strongly held view that the appointment of Jefferson Sessions to the federal bench would irreparably damage the work of my husband, Al Turner, and countless others who risked their lives and freedom over the past twenty years to ensure equal participation in our democratic system.”
What this proves is with technology having reached where it stands today elected representatives no longer can keep such censorship hidden within the confines of the Senate chamber away from the public eye.
“You can silence someone in a Senate chamber, but the internet will give them a voice,” is what WIRED had to say about it.