"She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted," said Sen. Mitch McConnell.
In his attempt to defend the formal silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Senate Majority Leader McConnell unintentionally gave her supporters a new rallying cry.
Warren's supporters — and Sen. Jeff Sessions' opponents — began tweeting messages of support with the #ShePersisted and #LetLizSpeak hashtags. Some saw parallels between Warren's silencing and other notable women in history.
Mrs. King’s words matter. They matter to me, they matter to millions of Americans & they should matter in this debate. #ShePersisted— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) February 8, 2017
McConnell has yet to respond to the reaction but has continued to voice his support for Sessions.
.@SenatorSessions is a well-qualified colleague w/ a deep reverence for the law. He believes strongly in the equal application of it to all.— Leader McConnell (@SenateMajLdr) February 8, 2017