“Nevertheless, she persisted” is the new “Nasty Woman,” and it will (probably) be coming to a t-shirt near you.
On Tuesday night, US Senator Elizabeth Warren read a 1986 letter by civil rights leader Coretta Scott King in opposition of Jeff Sessions’ nomination for federal judgeship. However, she was silenced by Senate Republicans led by Mitch McConnell, invoking the chamber’s little-known Rule 19, which disallows senators to impugn each other.
“Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech,” said McConnell. “She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.”
From there, the internet took its cue and the hashtag #LetLizSpeak went viral. People also started posting images of feminist icons – such as Rosa Parks, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Malala Yousafzai – whose persistence paved the way for women’s rights.
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” pic.twitter.com/VGUkeMPR0O
— Julie DiCaro (@JulieDiCaro) February 8, 2017
— Eben Blake (@ebbspoon) February 8, 2017
— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) February 8, 2017
— Kelly (@ceallaigh_k) February 8, 2017
“She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” pic.twitter.com/OWlHetQX0C
— Tom Taylor (@TomTaylorMade) February 8, 2017
“Nevertheless, she persisted.” pic.twitter.com/OFVw2EyWCJ
— Sarah Lerner (@SarahLerner) February 8, 2017
The line has now become a rallying cry for progressives. In the first presidential debate, Trump called Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman,” which spawned an entire movement complete with memorabilia such as shirts, pins, mugs, iPad cases, and more shirts.
Who’d have thought Republicans would make great slogan writers?