Kyrsten Sinema, the moderate Arizona senator who late last year left the Democrat Party to become an Independent, has reportedly been trash-talking her former party while attending GOP-led events.
Politico reporter Jonathan Martin documented some of her most eyebrow-raising comments – and gestures – being made before an actual audience.
Sinema told a group of Republican lobbyists earlier this year that she stopped attending the Democrats’ “dumb luncheons” because of how “ridiculous” they are.
“Old dudes are eating Jell-O, everyone is talking about how great they are,” Sinema lamented. “I don’t really need to be there for that. That’s an hour and a half twice a week that I can get back.”
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As she stockpiles cash, she’s letting loose on what she really thinks of her Dem colleagues, @SenSchumer @RonaldKlain + jello
It’s delighting her GOP audiences & giving some hope they can convert her yet
— Jonathan Martin (@jmart) March 23, 2023
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Sinema Gives Ron Klain the Finger
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Aside from describing Democrat luncheons as an ‘old dudes eating Jello’ party, the Politico report also recalls an incident where Sinema literally offered a middle finger to the White House.
The senator recalled a time in which she was encouraged by a White House aide via telephone to make sure she had whipped up the necessary votes for a Biden judicial nominee.
“That was Klain,” she told the room of GOP lobbyists, referring to former White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.
That’s when, Martin reported, “She quickly flashed her middle finger in the air to demonstrate what she thinks of the powerful and now-departed White House chief of staff.”
Kyrsten Sinema gave Ron Klain a symbolic middle finger and called her Democratic colleagues “old dudes eating Jell-O” at a fundraiser with Republican donors.
Still hasn’t held one town hall for her constituents in four years. https://t.co/QCnjiVxdw4 pic.twitter.com/OVJVgwq7aB
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) March 23, 2023
RELATED: Kyrsten Caves: Sinema Agrees to Move Forward on Democrats’ Massive Tax Hike/Global Warming Bill
Sinema a Thorn in the Side of Democrats?
Senator Kyrsten Sinema tends to talk out of both sides of her mouth in an effort to appear bipartisan. She noted that she has stopped caucusing with Democrats but, “I’m formally aligned with the Democrats for committee purposes.”
This past August she held the line for a bit in opposing the Democrats on their massive climate change spending and tax hike bill, humorously dubbed the ‘Inflation Reduction Act.’
After they tossed her a couple of Arizona-specific bones, however, she folded.
Schumer and Sinema announce deal to move the “Inflation Reduction Act” — which won’t reduce inflation but will raise taxes — forward to a vote pending the Parliamentarian’s review. pic.twitter.com/sCjzE9r0TJ
— Spencer Brown (@itsSpencerBrown) August 5, 2022
Her willingness to cave so easily should be a warning sign to Republicans trying to cozy up to Sinema in the hopes that she flips party affiliation.
Still, she does point out hypocrisy every once in a while with the Democrat Party.
Sinema repeatedly reminded Democrats, who had referred to the filibuster as a ‘relic of the Jim Crow era,’ that their own party made liberal use of the tactic when it suited their needs.
“Protections in the Senate safeguarding against the erosion of women’s access to health care have been used half-a-dozen times in the past ten years, and are more important now than ever,” she previously said.
Sinema delivers criticism in bipartisan form as well. She recently referred to Republicans who vocalized their disdain for President Biden during his State of the Union speech as “disturbing and sad.”
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