Senator Elizabeth Warren stopped by The Daily Show to talk to Trevor Noah about her silencing on the Senate floor earlier this week. In her opposition of Sen. Jeff Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General, Warren read Coretta Scott King’s 1986 takedown of Sessions’ civil rights record. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Warren, citing an arcane rule and saying, although he asked her to stop, “Nevertheless, she persisted.”
“Do you think Mitch McConnell realized what a solid he’s done you?” Trevor asked of Warren after “Nevertheless, she persisted” became an instant hashtag and rallying cry for women.
“It’s helped us have a better Democratic conversation,” Warren told Noah. “We don’t have the votes in the United States Senate to block somebody like Jeff Sessions… So what we’ve got to do is count on people all around this country to make their voices heard.”
Meanwhile on the Senate floor, four men were allowed to read from King’s letter. “Is there something to that?” Trevor asked. “Should you have been a man to read this letter?” Warren responded civilly, “Look, the main thing is that millions of people are now reading Coretta Scott King’s letter.”