On Wednesday’s Late Show, Stephen Colbert condemned Senate Republicans for using an arcane rule to silence Sen. Elizabeth Warren. In her opposition to Jeff Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General, Warren read a letter from Coretta Scott King from 1986 condemning Sessions’ civil rights record.
In order to silence her, Mitch McConnell invoked Rule 19 of the Senate, which states that no member shall “directly or indirectly, by any form of words, impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”
“It’s like saying, if you can’t say anything nice, you’re probably talking about Jeff Sessions,” Colbert joked. “So, to recap, these days a black person can’t get their message heard, even when a white person is saying it,” Colbert said. “Unless that white person is a guy, because this morning, a bunch of white male senators were allowed to read excerpts from King’s letter on the Senate floor.”
“Of course the men weren’t silenced,” Colbert said. “That would violate Senate Rule 18, ‘Bros before hoes.’”