Friday, Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema issued a statement on her decision to vote “no” against an effort to include a $15/hr minimum wage in the $1.9 trillion dollar spending bill.
— Kyrsten Sinema (@SenatorSinema) March 5, 2021
Some of her fellow Democrats in Congress were unhappy with the manner in which she voted “no.”
Tlaib wrote “No one should ever be this happy to vote against uplifting people out of poverty. This is Senator Sinema voting no on $15 minimum wage.”
No one should ever be this happy to vote against uplifting people out of poverty. This is Senator Sinema voting no on $15 minimum wage. https://t.co/qNfYy8co4m
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) March 6, 2021
Sinema’s mannerisms while voting no led to a viral moment that was much talked about on social media.
Did Sinema really have vote against a $15 minimum wage for 24 million people like this? pic.twitter.com/Jv0UXLKLHI
— Sawyer Hackett (@SawyerHackett) March 5, 2021
Press Secretary for Sinema Hannah Hurley tweeted “I stand by what I said: commentary about a female Senator’s body language, clothing, or physical demeanor does not belong in a serious media outlet.”
I stand by what I said: commentary about a female Senator's body language, clothing, or physical demeanor does not belong in a serious media outlet.
— Hannah L. Hurley (@HannahLHurley) March 6, 2021
However, many angry Democrats were still upset with Sinema and fired back.
Stop this. This is twisting feminist rhetoric to stop criticism of your boss's class warfare. You're not going to make Sinema's actions seem any less monstrous, but you *are* going to weaken public perception of feminism by misapplying it in this superficial, deflective way.
— mcc (@mcclure111) March 6, 2021
Your boss made two terrible decisions today. You don’t get to cloak that in “feminism.”
— a (@_amateuradult) March 6, 2021