Warren, Rubio, Sessions, and context

So, as any reader of this blog surely knows, Elizabeth Warren got shut down in the Senate for reading a letter from Coretta Scott King criticizing Attorney General nominee, Senator Jeff Sessions, for his actions on race.  Sure, it’s fine to have Senators respect each other, but in this context, it’s not about Senator Sessions, but about, potential Attorney General Sessions.  You know, the federal official charged with enforcing civil rights.  What civil rights leaders think about him, might, you know, be relevant.  (More from Chait).

Anyway, last night a FB friend (spouse of a colleague) posted this link, “Marco Rubio Brilliantly Defends GOP’s Silencing Of Sen. Warren With Speech On Senate Floor,” praised Rubio’s call for civility, and remarked that she didn’t want to start a political debate.  For obvious reasons– most notably that the post basically uses Rubio’s call for civility as an attack on Warren and a defense of Sessions– I did not want to let that go.  I replied with explaining the broader context and defending Warren.

You’ll be shocked to learn that FB friend deleted my post and messaged me to complain.  And refused to take ownership of the very partisan tone of the page she posted (I pointed out that she could easily have posted the youtube link).  Sure, on their own, Rubio’s words are great.  But life does not happen in a vacuum.  Rubio’s response was directly in defense of shutting down legitimate criticism of Sessions.  And the webpage in which this was shared was blatantly partisan and political.

Damn it, don’t post political things and then say, “I don’t want a political debate on my timeline.”  It’s like posting a video of Rodney King saying “can’t we all just get along,” but the video is embedded in a page defending the officers who beat him up and then you say, “Rodney’s words are great.  No discussion of racism or police brutality, please.”  I don’t think so.

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