Senator Daines had one of those days today. In one of the rare days during which he had to show up to work, he knew he’d get some flak for selling his vote for Secretary of Education to one of the least qualified candidates for public office in the history of the Republic, but he probably never guessed that he’d play a pivotal role silencing a Senator who was trying to read a letter written by Coretta Scott King to the Senate. If you can bear to watch Daines stumble through his role presiding over the Senate, it’s another reminder that for the modern Republican Party, the legacy of racism, sexism, and exclusion might be better hidden than they once were, but no less real.
Today, Senator Daines not only brought shame on himself and his party, but our state. He owes us–and Senator Warren–apologies that will never come.