Today was spent pleading with my representative (well, his office) to vote against Sessions’ nomination. He didn’t.
The good that came out of it was the sparking of a new feminist rallying cry. McConnell’s now infamous remark of Warren, “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted” has caught the internet by storm. It has become a rallying cry for women and allies against POTUS and his GOP supporters. My favorite side-effect has been the onslaught of posts showing women who persisted after being told to be silent (READ: literally every single one), including Shirley Chisholm, pictured above.
His ridiculous action today was tweeting about Nordstrom, saying they treated his daughter Ivanka unfairly. On the surface, this may not seem like it matters. Who cares about whatever garbage he’s tweeting today? But here’s the catch: he retweeted his own personal tweet to the official POTUS account. Which is, in theory, a tax-payer funded twitter account. Which means the President of the United States, not the private citizen, was calling out a corporation over a private issue. Which is incredibly problematic, especially since this has effected stock prices in the past.
Foreign Policy: Because of the completely botched SEAL raid in Yemen several weeks ago, Yemen has withdrawn permission for the U.S. to perform SpecOps missions on its soil. This is yet another ally put in jeopardy.
Supreme Court: Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch spoke out against POTUS’ comments about the judicial branch, showing some cracks already forming in his “team.”
Cabinet: Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General. It is a sad day.
Congress: Republicans really stepped in a trap when, in an incredibly rare instance, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was told to sit down during the debate over Sessions’ nomination. She was chastised because she was reading Coretta Scott King’s letter written in 1986 about Sessions, in which, in sum, she correctly calls him a racist. The GOP claims that she violated a rule that says you can’t impute another senator. Which is obviously a problem when you’re trying to debate about a cabinet pick…who is a senator. Also notice that other Democratic senators, who were men, later read the King letter without being stopped.