‘The View’ co-host defends Sinema’s Dem defection: ‘Actually more in touch with the pulse of the country’

Though some of the ladies of ABC’s “The View” were actively carrying water for the Democratic Party Friday, it wasn’t just the token Republican defending Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s defection: “I don’t think voters are that one-dimensional.”

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Making her way up the ranks in Arizona politics as a Democrat, Sinema became a senator of note for her centrist positions that haven’t always aligned with the rest of her caucus. As such, she made leftist heads spin Friday when she announced a change in her registration to officially be an independent.

Offering unspecified polling data that suggested the majority of voters in a wide range of demographics disliked the senator, co-host Sunny Hostin attempted to belittle the move as nothing more than self-preservation.

“I think what’s bizarre is that you have Democrats voted for a Democrat, and they didn’t vote for an independent. So for her to now say this is always who I’ve been, well, she should have said that from the beginning, you know, right?” Hostin offered before co-host Ana Navarro doubled down on the claim by adding, “She says this is a reflection of what Arizona is. This is a reflection of the fact that she was about to lose the primary.”

After Navarro proceeded into a promotion for Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) to oust Sinema as a senator in the 2024 election, co-host Alyssa Farah Griffin expectedly supported the party change as a “good thing” before co-host Sara Haines backed her up.

Though critical of the timing, Haines remarked, “Sunny, you were saying, you know, it’s because nobody likes her so she’s maybe trying this group. I don’t think voters are that one-dimensional. I don’t think that just changing her title or party is going to make a voter say ‘oh great, you’re now like one of us.”

“They’re still gonna not like her,” Hostin chimed in as Haines continued, “So I think her record will speak for her, but I do think being an independent, there’s a reason that party is the biggest party out of all of ’em because right now, I’m an independent–been independent for almost 20 years, and for some of the same reasons she says, whether it’s strategic or not.”

“She said at one point in catering to the fringes, neither party has demonstrated much tolerance for diversity of thought. Right now if you are not with us, you’re against us. It’s very, you know, it’s too simplistic for the way we all operate,” she went on, “and the way politics should be, but I do believe that more people–the parties, when I was just mentioning the numbers: 35 percent are moderates, 33 are–sorry, 35 consider themselves independent, 33 Democrat, 29 Republican. The moderates are growing and I think the whole idea of coming more to the center is actually more in touch with the pulse of the country.”

Of course, Haines’ assessment stood as further proof of how disconnected corporate media is from “the pulse of the country” as they were among the most outspoken against the change. Included, among the previously reported reactions was the take from former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann who ranted of Sinema, “You are ethically unfit to continue serving as a United States Senator — manipulative, deceptive, messianic, without principles. I urge you to resign your office immediately.”


Kevin Haggerty


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