When Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell silenced Sen. Elizabeth Warren Tuesday night during her address of the Senate floor, he could not have predicted that his words would become a battle cry of the resistance, quickly echoing across social media. It's less than a day later, and there are already hundreds of "Nevertheless, She Persisted" memes you will want to share in existence — because sometimes, the internet is an amazing place with the ability to turn an unsettling political incident into a statement with real, lasting power.
McConnell invoked the little-known or used Rule XIX to stop Warren from reading a 1986 letter by Coretta Scott King criticizing Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions. "Sen. Warren was giving a lengthy speech," McConnell told Democrats of his decision to halt proceedings. "She had appeared to violate the rule. She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted."
Warren was forced to sit down and is now barred from speaking on the Senate floor for the remainder of the Sessions consideration (although she eventually did read the entirety of the letter over Facebook Live). However, Twitter is anything but silent. After the exchange, the phrase "Nevetheless, she persisted" immediately began to trend on Twitter, and by Wednesday morning, hashtags such as "She Persisted," "Let Liz Speak," and "Silencing Elizabeth Warren" were going viral.
This is by no means the first time something like this has happened, notes The Washington Post, "As had been the case through a long, embittered presidential campaign (see: 'basket of deplorables,' 'nasty woman'), an off-the-cuff phrase meant to end a debate was instead turned into a badge of honor by the other side."
So here is a round up of some of the best "Nevertheless, She Persisted" memes to date, because this certainly isn't the first time a woman has been unfairly silenced by an insecure man.
Over One Million People Would Agree Persistence Is Power
Her-Story Is Made By Strong Women Who Don't Take "No" For An Answer
The Resistance Will Continue To Fight No Matter The Odds
Because We Must Persist For The Freedom to Be Ourselves
And Sometimes There Are Far Too Many Powerful Resistors For One Meme
Words Can Take On A Greater Meaning
'Nevertheless, she persisted.' It's so poetic.— rosanne cash (@rosannecash) February 8, 2017
You Can Get Your Battle Cries From The Darndest Placest
It's Remarkable How Three Simple Sentences Can Sum Up Hundreds Of Years
"She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted " is basically the story of all female progress through history— Camila Londono (@drClondono) February 8, 2017
And The Big Picture Comes Into View
I'd Say This Letter Is Applicable To The Nomination Of A U.S. Attorney General, Wouldn't You?
What A Glorious Sound It Is When Women Join Together...
* the sound of a million women updating their Twitter bios to read, "Nevertheless, she persisted" *— Catherine Andrews (@candrews) February 8, 2017