Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) blasted congressional Republicans on Monday night, urging them to come to the Senate floor to publicly speak out against President Trump’s order temporarily banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
“Where are the Senate Republicans when their Republican president issues an order targeting one religious group?” she asked from the Senate floor.
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The Massachusetts Democrat specifically called out House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Vice President Mike Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who voiced opposition to a “Muslim ban’ during the White House campaign.
“Where are you now, Paul Ryan? Have you rejected President Trump’s order to impose a religious test for entering our country? Have you introduced a bill to overturn it? You have the power. Where are you?” Warren questioned.
Ryan was one of the first congressional Republicans to defend Trump’s executive order, with his office arguing it is not a blanket ban on Muslim immigrants.
“This is not a religious test and it is not a ban on people of any religion,” AshLee Strong told The Washington Post.
McConnell told ABC’s “This Week” that he is opposed to a “religious test” and that “the courts are going to determine whether this is too broad.”
But Warren repeatedly knocked Republicans during an impassioned speech from the Senate floor, arguing that GOP leadership “will not stand up for what is right.”
Warren, who joined the Senate in 2013, spoke from the Senate floor for more than an hour as part of a late night talkathon that Senate Democrats are using to focus attention on Trump’s measure.
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