Sen. Kamala Harris will not be silenced.
After the California Democrat was reprimanded — twice — by her male colleagues for her grilling of Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, she took to Twitter to issue a fiery response.
“The women of the United States Senate will not be silenced when seeking the truth,” she said, adding a link to a fundraising page for female senators.
Harris was the only senator to be reprimanded during Tuesday’s hearing, even though several of her male colleagues also interrupted Sessions while he was answering questions, according to NBC News.
Sen. John McCain was the first to interrupt Harris as she pressed Sessions about his refusal to answer questions regarding conversations he may have had with President Donald Trump. Committee Chair Sen. Richard Burr then stepped in and said: “Senators, we’ll allow the chair to control the hearing. Sen. Harris, let him answer the question.”
Sessions also told Harris he didn’t want to be rushed during his questioning because it “makes me nervous.”
Harris later tweeted that it was “unacceptable” for Sessions to evade her questions, declaring that the American people “deserve the truth.”
Actor George Takei and others on Twitter came to Harris’ defense after the incident.
This isn’t the first time Harris has been reprimanded by her male colleagues. Just last week, Burr and McCain cut Harris off as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein repeatedly refused to answer one of her questions.
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Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren — who herself was silenced by male colleagues when she criticized Sessions during his confirmation as U.S. attorney general in February — spoke out in support of Harris last week.
“Silencing @SenKamalaHarris for not being “courteous” enough is just unbelievable,” Warren tweeted. “Keep fighting, Kamala! #NeverthelessShePersisted.”