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. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).
The protest was a response to McConnell’s silencing of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Tuesday night as she tried to quote from King’s letter in her opposition to Sessions’ nomination as attorney general. Sessions was confirmed Wednesday.
“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech,” McConnell explained. “She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
Many across the nation have turned McConnell’s own words against him, transforming his “Nevertheless, she persisted” statement into a battle cry for feminists.
Nearly 400 protesters arrived to read the letter written by the widow of Martin Luther King Jr. in which she outlined her objections to Sessions’ nomination for a federal judgeship.
Many of those who gathered outside the McConnell home posted messages about the event using the hashtags #LetterToMitch and #LetLizSpeak.
About 400 people in front of @SenateMajLdr‘s house in Louisville to read a #LetterToMitch tonight pic.twitter.com/oapi7rNnHr
— Molly Shah (@MollyOShah) February 11, 2017
About to start reading King letter in front of Mitch McConnell’s house. #LetterToMitch #LetLizSpeak pic.twitter.com/LkntIS0SaS
— ForwardKY (@ForwardKy) February 10, 2017
@womensmarch @SenWarren We finished reading Coretta Scott King’s letter in front of McConnell’s house In Louisville tonight. #LetterToMitch pic.twitter.com/HnYJsKrAfk
— Amy (@AmyOlive) February 11, 2017
Out here yelling at Mitch McConnell’s house what’s up
— Eyeball Kid ? (@LiverShotTKO) February 11, 2017
The protest, which appears to have been organized by the progressive Parents for Social Justice, involved individuals reading the letter in unison using flashlights and cell phones.
A similar protest was planned for McConnell’s home in Washington, D.C.
It is unclear if McConnell was at home during the protest.