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Read the statement from Ted Kennedy that prompted the initial warning to Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren.J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took to the Senate floor Tuesday to order Senator Elizabeth Warren to sit down after she read from a 1986 letter written by Coretta Scott King opposing Jeff Sessions’ nomination to a federal judgeship.

In his remarks, McConnell noted that Warren had been warned but “nevertheless, she persisted.”

The initial warning came after Warren quoted the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Kennedy offered a fierce condemnation of Sessions during his 1986 confirmation hearing, calling him “a throwback to a shameful era.”

Here’s the 1986 statement that drew a warning after Warren read it on the floor of the Senate: