Elizabeth Warren is silenced and removed from the debate about Sessions confirmation for violating rule 19 by reading previous senatorial testimony from his failed confirmation hearing to be a federal judge into the record. Two other male senators have read the same letter since this gagging of Warren with no objections.
Rule 19 has been invoked once in over 100 years (by republicans against republicans) since it was written after a fist fight broke out on the senate floor in an effort to avoid a repeat. It has never been used to halt debate or to protect a nominee from his own record, as the Republicans just did.
This means that now republicans have ended free speech in the senate, and any time they feel they have been insulted, they'll end the debate and silence the offenders. I find that treasonous, as it directly and horrendously effects how the senate works (or doesn't) and means the party in power can now enforce their un-American idea that they are the only one's allowed to speak.
Wow, we aren't sliding into totalitarianism, we're rocketing towards it with all boosters firing at 105%