Kyrsten Sinema a ‘traitor’ to John Lewis for supporting filibuster, New York Democrat says


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U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, is a “traitor” to the legacy of the late U.S. Representative John Lewis after he reaffirmed his support for the filibuster, a New York Democrat claimed Thursday.

US Representative Jamaal Bowman shared his views in a Twitter post in which he retweeted a photo Sinema posted of herself with Lewis, who died in July 2020 at the age of 80. She captioned the post “My hero.”

“Hero: A person admired or idealized for their courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Traitor: a person who betrays a friend, country, principle, etc. “Wrote Bowman.

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“John Lewis is a hero, you [Sinema] are a traitor to his legacy, to your constituents and to our democracy.”

Democrats argued for lowering the filibuster threshold from 60 votes to make it easier to pass their federal voting rights bill. Biden, in a fiery speech on the ballot bill on Tuesday, voiced support for the filibuster amendment for the first time.

Bowman wrote another tweet about Sinema on Thursday, saying, “When money takes precedence over people’s needs, that’s a problem. Senator Sinema should stop hindering progress and help save democracy. .” He linked the tweet to a Washington Post story that five veterans on his advisory board had resigned, accusing him of being one of the “major obstacles to progress”.

Sinema and fellow moderate Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., have borne the brunt of progressives’ frustration over Biden’s stalled agenda.

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Earlier Thursday, Sinema had defended his position regarding the filibuster.

“There is no need for me to reaffirm my long-standing support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation,” Sinema said. “There is no need for me to reaffirm his role in protecting our country from savage shifts in federal policy. This week’s heated discussions of Senate rules are a poor substitute for what I think could and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time during the past year.”

Bowman, 45, a progressive, was elected in 2020 to represent New York’s 16th congressional district, which includes parts of New York’s Bronx borough as well as parts of suburban Westchester County.

Sinema, 45, has served as a U.S. senator since January 2019 after previously serving in the U.S. House in Arizona’s 9th congressional district.

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