Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) was harassed by liberal protesters who demanded she support the Build Back Better Act and even followed her into a bathroom. The video has been called ‘over the line’ and “sickening” by critics.
Videos posted by the progressive group Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) showed protesters outside a fundraiser in Phoenix, as well as activists following the senator around the Arizona State University campus, filming her and following her into a bathroom. 🔴BREAKING: Blanca, an AZ immigrant youth confronts @SenatorSinema inside her classroom, where she teaches @ ASU. “in 2010 both my grandparents got deported bc of SB1070…my grandfather passed away 2 wks ago & I wasn’t able to go to Mexico bc there is no pathway to citizenship.” pic.twitter.com/JDZYY2fOD2— LUCHA Arizona (@LUCHA_AZ) October 3, 2021As the activists follow her, Sinema eventually locks herself in a bathroom stall. “We knocked on doors for you to get you elected,” one of the protesters says after the senator disappears into the bathroom stall, “and just how we got you elected, we can get you out of office if you don’t support what you promised us.” Sinema eventually leaves the stall, washes her hands, and continues ignoring the activists.
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“This is over the line. Gross, unnecessary, and counterproductive. Get a grip,” writer Amanda Carpenter tweeted in reaction to the video, which was quickly spread after LUCHA proudly posted it. “If you think this will be effective in moving Sinema, ask yourself when the last time was that you took unsolicited advice from a stranger in a bathroom,” reporter Garrett Haake added. Maybe don’t follow Senators into the birthing person’s restroom.— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) October 3, 2021Sinema has earned the ire of some fellow Democrats over her refusal to support the Build Back Better Act, which introduces social ‘infrastructure’ spending that amounts to $3.5 trillion. Sinema’s support is key for the bill to pass the Senate, leaving the bill in a standstill. Sinema and others have also called for Democrats to focus on a bipartisan infrastructure bill. Some House Democrats, however, have said the $3.5 trillion package must pass first. Sinema blasted Congress over the weekend for failing to hold a vote on the bill, which she called “inexcusable.”Canceling the U.S. House vote on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act denies Americans millions of new good-paying jobs and hurts everyday families.Full statement ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/BM7hrUL3KK— Kyrsten Sinema (@SenatorSinema) October 2, 2021Sinema called Democrats holding out support for the bipartisan infrastructure deal an “ineffective political stunt.”“My vote belongs to Arizona, and I do not trade my vote for political favors – I vote based only on what is best for my state and the country,” she said. “I have never, and would never, agree to any bargain that would hold one piece of legislation hostage to another.”
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