Democrat Party to Vote on Censuring Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for Not Opposing Everything Trump Does
The Democrat Party is holding a vote to censure Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema because they perceive her moderate stances and voting habits as too friendly towards President Donald Trump.
The liberal senator is by no means a closet Republican, in fact, she has opposed Trump 81 percent of the time — but that is not good enough for her far-left party peers.
“Here’s the thing: We really support Kyrsten Sinema, we want her to succeed, we want her to be the best senator in the country,” Dan O’Neal, state coordinator for Progressive Democrats of America, told the Arizona Republic. “But the way she is voting is really disappointing. We want Democrats to vote like Democrats and not Republicans.”
The fact that a moderate Democrat, who opposes the president the vast majority of the time, is being shamed for representing her constituents instead of the far-left establishment speaks to how far the party has gone. President Trump won the state in 2016.
Those leading the effort to censure Sinema point to her votes to confirm Trump’s nominee, David Bernhardt, for secretary of the Interior, her vote to confirm William Barr as U.S. attorney general, and her resistance to joining the effort to reinstate net neutrality.
Felecia Rotellini, the Arizona Democratic Party’s chairwoman, told The Hill that the party will be hearing the case for a censure, but is unsure that it will pass.
“We are a very diverse group and that means diversity of thought, as well,” Rotellini said. “I don’t think it reflects poorly on the party at all, I don’t think it’s an indication of a fracture. I think it’s an indication of a group of people who think differently and have a different perspective on the same topic.”
The vote will take place on Saturday.