Alveda comes from one of the most influential families (if not the most influential). She knows what she’s talking about. It’s good to see her watching out for her family’s legacy and not letting people twist words. Her family did not want to divide, but create peace.
Alveda King, the niece of Martin Luther King Jr., accused Sen. Elizabeth Warren of performing a “bait and switch” and playing the “race card” in invoking the King family name during her speech Tuesday night in opposition to Sen. Jeff Sessions’ appointment as attorney general.
Warren spent a significant portion of her 50-minute speech from the Senate floor reading from a letter Dr. King’s late widow, Coretta Scott King, wrote in opposition to the appointment of Sessions to be a federal district court judge in 1986.
The letter sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee charged Sessions, then a U.S. attorney serving in Alabama, with being too zealous in his prosecution of a voter fraud case, which involved a drive to get more African-Americans to vote by absentee ballot.
In the letter, King stated that some of those involved in the effort had fought alongside her husband during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
Warren’s reading of the letter, along with her quoting the late Sen. Edward Kennedy as saying Sessions was a “disgrace to the Justice Department,” prompted the acting president of the Senate, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., to first warn her about the body’s debate rules regarding impugning the character of a fellow senator and then direct her to take her seat several minutes later when she persisted.