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Lindsay Graham says silencing Elizabeth Warren was 'long overdue

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 07: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) walks to the Senate Chamber for a vote February 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted to confirm Education Secretary nominee Betsy DeVos, with a historic tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

According to CNN, Senator Lindsay Graham was not at all having Senator Elizabeth Warren's political grandstanding during her filibuster for the nomination of Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to Attorney General. It was during the filibuster that Warren broke a Senatorial rule that forbids one senator from "impugning" another.

The South Carolina senator appeared on the Mike Gallagher Show Wednesday, where he said Warren reading the letter from Coretta Scott King -- in which she expressed opposition to Jeff Sessions' nomination to the federal bench in 1986 -- was defamatory to Sessions, now an Alabama senator. The Massachusetts Democrat was ruled to be in violation of Senate rules for impugning another senator.

Graham believes that Warren's only reason for smearing Sessions was to fix herself as a leader on the left, and set herself up for higher office in the future. Due to this, Graham said it was past time for Warren to to be shut down.

"The bottom line is, it was long overdue with her," said Graham. "I mean, she is clearly running for the nomination in 2020."

"The Democratic Party is being pushed really hard by the most extreme voices in their community, and they just don't know how to handle it," he added. "If they empower her, then I think the Democratic Party is gonna lose way with the vast majority of the American people."

Of course, shutting down Warren, despite her obvious violation of the rules, only had the effect of the left making her out to be the victim in this situation. The Twitter hashtag, #LetLizSpeak appeared and came with accusations of sexism to foul play. She was even compared to such respected revolutionary figures such as Rosa Parks.

Despite the media circus that has sprung up around the issue, Sessions is expected to be confirmed some time after 7 p.m. eastern time.

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