Behind the scenes and away from the cameras, Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, appears to have the makings of a fine Republican, judging by some of the contents of an upcoming book documenting President Joe Biden’s first year in office.
Written by two New York Times reporters, Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns, the book, “This Will Not Pass: Trump, Biden, and the Battle for America’s Future,” dedicates several sections to covering the president’s interactions with Sinema.
These interactions are astounding because they prove that the Arizona legislator, a maverick of sorts who’s been ostracized for publicly refusing to toe the party line, is even more of a rebel — and a potential Republican in making — than thought.
For instance, in the spring of 2021, “she became the first-ever lawmaker to argue with White House aides when they asked her to wear a face mask in the company of the president, repeatedly asking why that was necessary when she had been vaccinated,” according to an excerpt from the book published by Axios.
At the time, Republicans and conservative commentators had publicly been making the exact same argument — that it was asinine to force vaccinated Americans to keep abiding with COVID diktats.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 28, 2021
Then in March of that spring, right after the president signed another $1.9 trillion spending bill despite economists warning that overspending would overheat the economy, Sinema reportedly told Biden to stay away from Arizona.
“She … discouraged Biden from coming to Arizona after the president signed the COVID rescue plan in 2021,” according to Axios.
It seems she felt that having him around her would have harmed her image and thus her favorability with Arizona’s more right-leaning Democrats.
Sinema’s behavior reportedly left Biden perplexed.
“One person close to the president likened Biden’s perplexity at Sinema to his difficulty grasping his grandchildren’s use of … TikTok. He wanted to relate, but he just didn’t quite get it,” Martin and Burns wrote.
His aides appeared to feel similarly. They reportedly complained that she sounded more like Sen. Mitt Romney, a Republican, than a Democrat.
“At a private fundraiser in D.C. with a Republican-heavy group of lobbyists — which hasn’t been reported before — she portrayed herself as anti-tax and anti-government,” Axios reported Thursday, citing the contents of Martin and Burns’ book.
She also “mocked” the president yet spoke “warmly” about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and even defended Rep. Andy Biggs, who’s considered “far-right” for having questioned the 2020 election results and suggested that Antifa and Black Lives extremists had also been present during the Jan. 6th riot.
“I love Andy Biggs. I know some people think he’s crazy, but that’s just because they don’t know him,” Sinema reportedly said while away from the cameras.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) January 15, 2021
But to hear Sinema tell it, she’s not the only Republican-sounding Democrat in office.
“Separately, Sinema told colleagues five or six other Senate Dem moderates were ‘hiding behind my skirt’ as she pushed back on the left,” according to Axios.
This particular finding isn’t new. It was reported several times last year that there were additional Democrats who privately opposed the president’s spending-spree agenda — namely his “Build Back Better” proposal — but were remaining quiet and letting both Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin take the heat.
Thanks to their decision to publicly stand up against Biden, both Sinema and Manchin now sit on the outskirts of the party. And truth be told, many Democrat voters have wondered aloud why the two don’t just switch parties already.
It’s the exact same sentiment faced by Tulsi Gabbard, a former Democrat legislator who recently spoke at a Conservative Political Action (CPAC) conference.
To be clear, Gabbard still technically identifies as a Democrat, though many suspect that if she were to ever run for office again, she’d do so as a Republican or Independent.
But with the way Sinema is treated these days, there’s speculation that she too could one day pop up unexpectedly at CPAC.
Case in point:
On this day in 2022, Democrats need you to move out of the way. Go join @GOP, the party that really speaks to you.
— Small Potatoes (@margarinimac) January 31, 2022
You’re an unhinged trumper with Fox News talking points. Please leave our party now. You’re compromising the future of this country, Kyrsten Boebert Taylor.
— Defund the GQP (@Brasilmagic) March 2, 2022
You deserved your censure today. Now please sit back and think about which party you represent. If not, go to the republican side.
— thelittleblackdog (@Susan28669279) January 22, 2022
Seriously, only your Qcult cares about your rambling. Go join the failing magat platform where you belong… grifter.
— JJ (@JJ37984814) February 27, 2022
Go join the Republican party. Stop tweeting as a Dem.
— DianeSchmiane (@DianeSchmiane) March 10, 2022
Please just join the GOP, we all know you work for them anyway. Please.
— BillDozer (@BillDozzzzer) March 16, 2022
Go away @SenatorSinema or change parties.
— John (@JohnToTheNth) March 16, 2022
FYI, if she switched parties, Democrats would lose their control of the Senate. It’s not clear whether the emotional leftists seen above comprehend this …
For those interested in learning more, Martin and Burns’ book will be released on May 3rd.
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