Coretta Scott King's niece accuses Sen. Elizabeth Warren of playing 'race card'

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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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It is demeaning to the memory of Coretta Scott King and harmful to the process for the Republicans to silence @SenWarren. #LetLizSpeak
The GOP is trying to silence @elizabethforma for speaking up about Sessions. We applaud her for speaking up for all… https://t.co/mQ4Q8VTJJp
My father worked with Martin Luther King. He wouldn't stand for the Senate's disrespect for Coretta Scott King. Nor should we. #LetLizSpeak
Mitch McConnell is playing the role of George Wallace tonight blocking the words of a black civil rights leader from the senate #letlizspeak
Senate GOP has now ruled that any Democrat who criticizes Sessions' record will be stripped of right to speak. It's… https://t.co/uYRtD6pGEC
Hiding from uncomfortable truths is WRONG #LetLizSpeak
Good thing two senators are debating on prime time while another one is silenced during an actual debate with consequences. #LetLizSpeak
This is about the people & families we represent. #LetLizSpeak https://t.co/4OkjXX49TT
This letter caused the GOP to silence @SenWarren tonight. Rt if you think they should #LetLizSpeak https://t.co/YSdugxE6Kr
You know you’re on the wrong side of history when you fear the words of Coretta Scott King! @SenateMajLdr #letlizspeak @SenWarren
THIS MATTERS: #letlizspeak
The country needs to galvanize and get McConnell out #LetLizSpeak
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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."

SEE ALSO: Coretta Scott King's 1986 letter opposing Jeff Sessions' nomination for federal judge

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."

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