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Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema has triggered apoplectic rage throughout the Democrat Party by doubling down on her refusal to join them in eliminating the filibuster.
While touring border facilities in Arizona on Tuesday with Republican Sen. John Cornyn — which itself triggered outrage — she was harangued with questions from so-called “journalists” about her refusal to dramatically change Senate rules.
In explaining why she refuses to abandon the filibuster, the senator spoke of the filibuster’s purpose in encouraging bipartisanship and protecting the nation.
“Well, as folks in Arizona know, I’ve long been a supporter of the filibuster because it is a tool that protects the democracy of our nation rather than allowing our country to ricochet wildly every two to four years back and forth between parties,” she said.
“The idea of the filibuster was created by those who came before the United States Senate to create comity and to encourage senators to find bipartisanship and work together. And while there are some who don’t believe that bipartisanship is possible, I think that I’m a daily example that bipartisanship is possible,” she added.
She continued by admitting that “the Senate’s not a particularly well-oiled machine” but stressed that the correct way to rectify this is through a change in “behavior,” not a change in the fundamental rules of the legislative body.
While she didn’t clarify what she meant by “behavior,” it’s possible she’d been referencing voting patterns, as if to say to the American people, “If you want legislation to go through easier, then vote a true majority into office.”
Responding to her remarks, a “journalist” then posited the false, debunked Democrat Party talking point that the filibuster is a “Jim Crow relic,” prompting Sinema to slam the so-called “journalist” with a fact-check.
“The filibuster was not created as a tool to accomplish one thing or another. It was created as a tool to bring together members of different parties to find compromise in coalition,” she said.
The “journalist” wasn’t the only one who responded to Sinema’s points with false talking points. The following day on MSNBC, far-left commentator Joy Reid did so as well, though she took the added step of making it racial.
“She understands what’s happening in her own state. I can only conclude that she supports what they’re doing and wants it to proceed,” Reid said.
Arizona is one of several GOP-led states that have passed sweeping voting reform bills designed to enhance election security and integrity by instituting common-sense rules such as a requirement that voters display their ID to vote.
Democrats and their media allies have pushed back on these laws by falsely framing them as attempts to stop minorities from voting.
“That’s real convenient to let her show up at black churches on MLK Day, so she can cover herself that way. But I can not conclude, other than that, what she sees happening that Republicans are doing, she’s for it, because she’s not for changing it. She’s not for stopping it. I don’t know what else to conclude,” Reid added.
The panic that the far-left host displayed has reportedly engulfed the entire Democrat Party.
According to NBC News, over 100 so-called “liberal groups” have begun pressuring Sinema and fellow Democrat Rep. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, another filibuster holdout, to abandon their principles and jettison the filibuster.
“Sen. Sinema is simply wrong about the history of the filibuster. Its current abuse by Sen. McConnell has turned the Senate into a cesspool of partisanship, gridlock and dysfunction,” one such group, Fix Our Senate, complained on Twitter.
“The only way Democrats can pass any meaningful legislation to protect voters and our democracy is to eliminate the filibuster,” the group added.
Senator Kyrsten Sinema is simply wrong about the history of the filibuster. Its current abuse by Mitch McConnell has turned the Senate into a cesspool of partisanship, gridlock, and dysfunction. https://t.co/tVT1d4JDqK
— Fix Our Senate (@FixOurSenate) June 2, 2021
Changing the behavior of the entire Republican caucus – or even just ten members – is a pipe dream.
The only way Democrats can pass any meaningful legislation to protect voters and our democracy is to eliminate the filibuster.https://t.co/mmJ3Ciy18x
— Fix Our Senate (@FixOurSenate) June 2, 2021
It’s not clear why Democrats view the Republicans’ use of the filibuster as somehow illegitimate and racist but their own use of it — at one point to stop the passage of a police reform pill drafted by a black senator — as perfectly noble.
According to that black senator, Tim Scott of South Carolina, it’s almost as if they’re willing to do anything and pay any “cost” to get what they want.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 27, 2021
As annoying as the false rhetoric from groups such as Fix Our Senate must be to Sinema, their complaints have at least been written with a modicum of professionalism.
Over on Twitter, meanwhile, every single one of the senator’s tweets is being ratioed on a daily, hourly basis by shrieking left-wingers who appear to viscerally hate her.
Case in point (*Language warning):
— Rob V (@RobVogel3) June 3, 2021
— Peacenick (@Peacenick7) June 3, 2021
— Peter Giaschi (@giaschi_peter) June 3, 2021
No one takes anything you say seriously. You can’t sip a cocktail and wear a “fuck off” ring, then expect us to believe you care about anything. You’ve lost all credibility.
— Mueller, She Wrote (@MuellerSheWrote) June 3, 2021
Hanging out with your new treasonous scumbag Republican friends, skipping your vote to hold your traitor friends accountable, and was bribed to keep the filibuster intact. YOU’RE A TRAITOR TO GOD, COUNTRY, CONSTITUTION, PARTY, AND YOUR CONSTITUENTS. Could you be any more corrupt?
— WethePeople (@FFwethepeople) June 3, 2021
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