Democrats are pushing back against Sen. Krysten Sinema (D-AZ) over her refusal to support getting rid of the filibuster in the Senate, according to The Daily Caller. Democrats have even gone as far as to accuse Sinema of being “insensitive.”
According to the publication, Sinema delivered a speech on the Senate floor on Thursday that once again confirmed her stance on the filibuster, saying that she will not support the Democrats’ push to revoke the Republican-backed rule.
“The reforms would take power from states and expand access to voting,” Senima said according to The Daily Caller. “Activists are responding by accusing the senator of protecting a Jim Crow relic and erasing the legacies of iconic black leaders.”
Just before delivering her speech, Sinema met with several black leaders, including Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President Derrick Johnson, where she listened, respectfully, to their concerns but confirmed that she was not supporting bypassing the rule to pass electoral reform.
According to Politico, one of the leaders who met with Sinema said that they felt they wanted to “tick off the box” of speaking with civil rights leaders before speaking to her colleagues in the Senate.
Sharpton said she showed “insensitivity, at best, and contempt, at worst, of our efforts and the efforts of the president,” according to The Daily Caller.
Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) criticized Sinema’s arguments as “foolishness” and added, “if we do not protect the vote with everything that we’ve got, we will not have a country to protect going forward.”
Arizona state Democrats said they don’t care for Sinema’s sentiments which confirms the Senate’s rule that frequently requires 60 votes to pass legislation.
The Arizona Democratic Party said it was disappointed Sinema was choosing to “protect an antiquated rule over her constituents.”