Sen. Elizabeth Warren's silencing 'was long overdue,' says Sen. Lindsey Graham

Sen. Lindsey Graham says the silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren during her reading a Coretta Scott King letter on the Senate floor "was long overdue."

Warren was interrupted on Tuesday night when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took issue with a speech she was giving in opposition to then attorney general nominee Sen. Jeff Sessions.

McConnell objected to Warren quoting a letter by Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow Coretta Scott King from 1986 when Sessions was under consideration for a federal judgeship, and invoked Rule XIX -- which in part says, "No Senator in debate 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."

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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…
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…
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
This letter caused the GOP to silence @SenWarren tonight. Rt if you think they should #LetLizSpeak
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

"The bottom line is, it was long overdue with her," Graham said on Wednesday during the Mike Gallagher Show on Wednesday. "I mean, she is clearly running for the nomination in 2020."

"The Democratic Party is being pushed really hard by the most extreme voices in their community, and they just don't know how to handle it. If they empower her, then I think the Democratic Party is gonna lose way with the vast majority of the American people," Graham added.

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

Republican senators on Tuesday night voted to silence Warren after she began reading a 1986 letter from Coretta Scott King opposing Sessions' nomination to be a federal judge. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) invoked a rule that bars senators from disparaging a colleague on the Senate floor.

The senate confirmed Jeff Sessions on Wednesday as U.S. attorney general under President Trump. He is expected to be officially sworn in on Thursday.

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