Earlier this month, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) found herself on the receiving end of an ambush by progressive activists, described as “migrant youths,” who were demanding she end the stalemate between her and the Democratic Congressional leadership. They wanted her to agree to support the reconciliation bill that has been stalled in part over disagreements Sinema and fellow Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) have with it.
While it’s not unusual for politicians to be followed around by protesters when they make public appearances, this one was very different and quite disturbing. As Sinema was headed to the women’s restroom on the campus of Arizona State University, where she is a lecturer, she was followed by radical leftists from the Living United for Change in Arizona (LUCHA) group, who proceeded to walk into the restroom with her, cameras in hand, filming her and harassing her as she walked into a stall and shut the door to use the facilities.
At least one man was among those who went into the restroom to harass her.
They kept the cameras rolling as she used the bathroom, the only thing separating them being the door to the bathroom stall.
For any sane person, this was not just completely inappropriate but dangerous — and worthy of statements of condemnation from both sides of the aisle that left no question as to where the politician stood on this type of line-crossing.
But people who believe Democrat rhetoric on being champions of women might be surprised to know that a number of high-profile Democrats, including President Joe Biden, were not exactly rushing to give unequivocal condemnations of what happened to Sinema.
When asked about the incident during a press conference, Biden said, “I don’t think they’re appropriate tactics, but it happens to everybody.” He then chuckled and proclaimed that the only people who don’t experience such boorish behavior were people like him who were privileged enough to have Secret Service protection.
He wrapped up his brief answer to the question by claiming that this was all “just part of the process,” though I’m fairly certain that following anyone into the bathroom, much less a woman, is not part of any political process that I’ve heard of.
Twice-failed presidential candidate and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who caucuses with Democrats, actually withheld his name from a joint statement from Democrat leaders that condemned what happened to Sinema because it “wouldn’t include a rebuke of her political views,” per a report from Axios.
So-called feminists, who are among the absolute loudest voices of them all yelling “sexism!” and “misogyny!” when a Republican man even expresses the mildest disagreement with a Democratic female in Congress, essentially took blame-the-victim approaches, with popular online feminist website Jezebel saying that activists should “absolutely bully” Sinema in the bathroom.
CNN senior political analyst Kirsten Powers wondered on Twitter, “Which is worse: your grandparents being deported or being followed into a bathroom (bc you refused to stop and listen) by ppl desperate for your help? This is not a trick question.”
Self-described “feminist” Amy Siskind, who has a large Twitter following, tweeted that Sinema “should be forced to face [her] constituents,” because she allegedly is “not keeping her promises.”
In summary, Democrats and their feminist allies told on themselves this month by reaffirming what many of us already knew about them: As a woman, your contrarian voice only matters when you hold the “correct” opinions. But if you engage in “WrongThink,” they will turn their backs on you in a New York minute as you, in their view, get what you deserve — and then some.
Media analyst Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym Sister Toldjah and is a regular contributor to RedState and Legal Insurrection.