Twitter ignites #ShePersisted as new feminist battle cry after Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced

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Tuesday night, the Senate silenced Elizabeth Warren.

And by doing so, the GOP gave the already charged Democratic firebrand a hashtag to rally around in efforts to thwart the controversial nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.

Democrats were stunned on Wednesday evening after the Massachusetts senator was interrupted in the middle of a speech opposing Sessions (R-Alabama) in which she read a letter from Corretta Scott King -- widow of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., attends a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in Dirksen Building titled 'Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States,' featuring testimony by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and others, January 5, 2016.

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Senate Armed Services Committee members (L-R) Sen. Martin Heinrich (D - NM), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) talk during a hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. The intelligence chiefs testified to the committee about cyber threats to the United States and fielded questions about effects of Russian government hacking on the 2016 presidential election.

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) (L) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) arrive for a hearing with the Director of National Intelligence and National Security Agency chief in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill January 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. The intelligence chiefs testified to the committee about cyber threats to the United States and fielded questions about effects of Russian government hacking on the 2016 presidential election.

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Democratic Nominee for President of the United States former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), speaks to and meets New England voters during a rally at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday October 24, 2016.

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Mark Wahlberg, Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Boston Police Commissioner Billy Evans, Former Boston Red Sox player David Ortiz, Dun 'Danny' Meng, Jessica Downes, Patrick Downes, Senator Elizabeth Warren, director Peter Berg and Harvard Law professor Bruce Mann pose on the red carpet at the 'Patriots Day' screening at the Boch Center Wang Theatre on December 14, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Democratic Nominee for President of the United States former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, accompanied by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), speaks to and meets New England voters during a rally at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire on Monday October 24, 2016.

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Former Red Sox player David Ortiz talks with Senator Elizabeth Warren at the 'Patriots Day' screening at the Boch Center Wang Theatre on December 14, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren speaks at a Manchester 'New Hampshire Together' Canvass Launch event in Manchester, NH on Sept. 24, 2016.

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Senior United States Senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren speaks onstage at EMILY's List Breaking Through 2016 at the Democratic National Convention at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on July 27, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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US Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, holds up copies of Wells Fargo earnings call transcripts as she questions John Stumpf, chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo, as he testifies about the unauthorized opening of accounts by Wells Fargo during a Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, September 20, 2016.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) along with members of the Democratic Women of the Senate acknowledge the crowd on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) delivers remarks on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25.

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Representative Joseph P. Kennedy III welcomes Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren on stage on Day 1 of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 25, 2016.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton accompanied by Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) speaks to and meets Ohio voters during a rally at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal in Cincinnati, Ohio on Monday, June 27, 2016.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) arrives in the Capitol for the on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) (R) meets with Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland (L), chief judge of the D.C. Circuit Court, April 14, 2016 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Garland continued to place visits to Senate members after he was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, listens as Janet Yellen, chair of the U.S. Federal Reserve, testifies during a Senate Banking Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, June 21, 2016. Yellen offered a subtle change to her outlook from less than a week ago, saying she and her colleagues were on watch for whether, rather than when, the U.S. economy would show clear signs of improvement.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., greets guests during a rally on the east lawn of the Capitol to urge Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to hold a vote on the 'Seniors and Veterans Emergency Benefits Act,' March 9, 2016. The legislation would provide a one time payment to seniors, veterans and other SSI recipients who will not get a cost-of-living adjustment this year.

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Senators Bob Corker (L) and Elizabeth Warren (R) speak before a Senate Banking Committee on the semiannual monetary report to Congress hearing in Washington, USA on February 11, 2016.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), talks with Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in the House chamber prior to President Obama's State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill in Washington, February 12, 2013.

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She was then subjected to a party-line rebuke from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell that denied her from continuing the 30-page letter.

But it was McConnell's defense of the rare Senate rule that ignited a tweetstorm from liberals.

"Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech," McConnell said. "She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."

His words have since been cited in thousands of other tweets, many using the now popular hashtags #ShePersisted and #LetLizSpeak.

See more reactions to McConnell's objection:

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That Mitch McConnell quote about Elizabeth Warren sounds like something Don Draper would come up with to market women's running shoes.
#ShePersisted after being called "a black trophy" and "Aunt Jemima." Condoleezza Rice.
.@SenWarren your current protest rooted in past history makes my soul feel this #haiku #letlizspeak #ShePersisted… https://t.co/OzsV7IXp5P
Women now get fired or kicked out of meetings for doing and saying what is right #ShePersisted
This continues a trend in which the ruling party dismisses truth when it does not suit them. Sen Warren knew this, but #ShePersisted. 5/
Amazing that people are rallying around @elizabethforma when she was clearly in the wrong. https://t.co/JpEciYVzp2 #ShePersisted #WTF
In support of @SenWarren Democrats should all #readtheletter! #letlizspeak #ShePersisted #ShePersists
Since time immemorial, on this day, and every single day forward, we persist. #shepersisted #letlizspeak #resist https://t.co/fgN9lAEOdg
The world is crashing down and my depression is creeping back, but I'm not gonna stop. #ShePersisted
“chill the #free #exercise of the #vote by black citizens.”Nevertheless shePersisted youBbet sheWould! SenateFloor 4 debate not2takeoreders
#ShePersisted after Keith Olbermann said she was the reason for Planned Parenthood providing abortions. S.E. Cupp.
The systematic attack on women in this country is unacceptable and inexcusable #RiseUp #ShePersisted #GetReadyForAFight
"Nevertheless #ShePersisted" My gurl Alice Paul persisted and so shall we. https://t.co/xyKzVSSLyz
Man, it's so weird how none of the male senators reading this letter got kicked out of the Senate chamber.… https://t.co/sAY0iyY25W
GOP didn't invoke rule 19 on male senators reading the letter because their tone was different from @SenWarren #letlizspeak #ShePersisted
@ListenHereTrump @mtighe15 Also send him copies so he has a chance to study it in detail. #ShePersisted
I 💗 perusing #ShePersisted and seeing all of the women of color who are and have been instrumental to civil rights movements worldwide.
I'm so done with a bunch of old white privileged men fucking up this country - thank goodness #ShePersisted Women will save USA
Dear @SenateMajLdr & @SenateGOP- so you silenced @SenWarren, a woman, due to her "tone", but not your male colleagues? Classy. #ShePersisted
“NOW is a fact that cannot be dodged.” - Sinclair Lewis, It Can't Happen Here #EndFascism #WhateverItTakes #ShePersisted
Can't silence the truth. #ShePersisted
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The Senate backed McConnell's ruling in a 49:43 vote to silence Warren after violating Rule XIX of the Senate which restricts senators from "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."

SEE ALSO: Elizabeth Warren silenced on the Senate floor after Mitch McConnell objection

In defending the motion to rebuke Warren, McConnell referenced portions of the letter King wrote in opposition to Sessions' nomination in 1986 to become a federal judge.

"Mr. Sessions has used the awesome power of his office to chill the free exercise of the vote by black citizens," King wrote addressing the Senate Judiciary Committee. "He is, I believe, a disgrace to the Justice Department and he should withdraw his nomination and resign his position."

Read the full letter by Corretta Scott King here.

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