Dr. Alveda King, niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said during an appearance on FOX Business that Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was playing the "race card" on Tuesday.
During a debate over Jeff Sessions' nomination for attorney general, Warren was prevented from speaking further after she started reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King who wanted to block Sessions from a federal judgeship. Warren was accused of "impugning Sessions" which is against Senate rules, notes CNN.
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King told Fox Business that Coretta would have a different view of Sessions now, noting, "...she would agree today that he of course ended some school segregation and he worked to prosecute members of the KKK...(she) would have noted that he had done some great work in fighting against discrimination."
King added, referring to Warren, "It's almost like a bait and switch, stir up the emotions, in the name of King—and my name is Alveda King... [and] play the race card, which she was attempting to do."
Warren's message received widespread coverage as the Tuesday's turn of events became a major news story.
The New York Times noted, "Republicans seized her microphone. And gave her a megaphone. Silenced on the Senate floor for condemning a peer, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, emerged on Wednesday in a coveted role: the avatar of liberal resistance in the age of Trump."
Soon after the debate, Warren tweeted, "I will not be silent about a nominee for AG who has made derogatory & racist comments that have no place in our justice system."