During this time, Warren read from a letter that Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow, civil rights activist Coretta Scott King, wrote 30 years ago to oppose Sessions when he was nominated at the time to be a federal judge.
Both Warren and Udall were speaking out against the confirmation of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., "selective enforcement".
King's letter was a rebuke of Sessions, saying his actions had harmed voting rights.
Warren may have been temporarily silenced in the Senate, but King's letter and the reason why it was written are now, thanks to McConnell, louder than ever. Thursday night, Sen. Warren of MA was raising historical criticism of President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, her colleague from Alabama, Sen.
McConnell and other Republicans found the letter offensive, arguing that it breached decorum against a fellow senator - since Sessions isn't just Trump's attorney general nominee, but a senator as well. "Mr. Sessions has used the awesome powers of his office in a shabby attempt to intimidate and frighten elderly black voters", she wrote.
"We may not have the votes to stop him", Warren said, "but we sure as hell need to make it clear to the Republicans and to the American people exactly who Donald Trump is putting in charge of our government".
Protesters arrived at Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's home in Louisville, Kentucky, on Friday evening to read Coretta Scott King's 1986 takedown of Sen.
An exasperated Senator Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican now in the Senate, called for a more dignified debate of Trump's nominees. McConnell even unintentionally coined a feminist slogan by saying, "She was warned". The Senate voted 49-43, with Republicans choosing to silence her. This time around, the letter made news again not because it helped influence senators not to confirm Sessions, but rather because Warren's colleagues forbade her to read it on the floor.