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By Marc Frias:
Social media is an ever-changing landscape. One day it focuses on corporations while the next day it focuses on celebrities. However, recently social media has been dominated by political news. President Trump plays a huge factor into that, but he also garners attention to the Republicans. As a result, they are able to share the spotlight with him. Any of their actions can go viral at any time. This week, Elizabeth Warren claimed the spotlight from them.
Tuesday afternoon, Senator Warren, an outspoken senator from Massachusetts, was discussing whether Jeff Sessions was fit for the role of attorney general of the United States. The controversy started when she began to read a letter written in 1986 by Coretta Scott King, the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. It contained Ms. King’s reasons for why Jeff Sessions should not be qualified to become a federal judge. In the middle of her reading, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced her under the provisions of rule 19. In short, the provision says a senator cannot upstand another senator. Senator Warren was silenced on the floor and following the discussion she went to Twitter to read the letter in a video. Within 12 hours Senator Warren received $250,000 from donations and was trending at #LetLizSpeak. Within two days she was being talked about on the Daily Show and on the Late Show.
Elizabeth Warren used social media to her advantage to rally followers and gain a larger voice in the Senate. If politicians begin using social media like this, then they are sure to have a higher impact in voters’ lives. Every politician should consider these tactics and use them to the best of their ability. Social media is a powerful tool. I suggest both Republicans and Democrats learn how to use it.
Bradner, Eric (Feb. 8, 2017) “Silencing Elizabeth Warren backfires on Senate GOP” CNN Politics. Retrieved Feb. 8, 2017. Website.http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/07/politics/elizabeth-warren-silenced/index.html
Smith, David (Feb. 7, 2017) “Senate Republicans silence Elizabeth Warren over letter on Jeff Sessions” The Guardian. Retrieved Feb. 8, 2017. Website.https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/08/elizabeth-warren-mitch-mcconnell-silence-senate-debate-jeff-sessions-nomination