Sinema slammed after spokesperson says it's sexist to critique her 'thumbs down' vote against $15 minimum wage
Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) on Friday offered up a dramatic "thumbs down" vote on increasing the minimum wage to $15, which NCRM and other news outlets reported. While she was one of eight Democrats to vote against the legislation, she was the only one to mimic the late Republican Senator John McCain, also of Arizona, who famously stopped Republicans from killing ObamaCare.
Sinema was also the only one to bring cake to the Senate floor, giving her critics ample ammunition to compare her to Marie Antoinette.
But now Senator Sinema is fighting back.
According to HuffPost, Sinema's spokesperson says it's sexist to discuss her thumbs down act.
"Sinema's office responded to a question about the gesture by making the absurd claim that the inquiry is sexist," the news outlet's Sara Boboltz reports. "'Commentary about a female senator's body language, clothing, or physical demeanor does not belong in a serious media outlet,' Hannah Hurley, a spokesperson for Sinema, told HuffPost."
On social media news of the "sexist" claim spread quickly, and did not go over well. Some responses:
They want everyone arguing about whether it’s sexist to criticize Sinema’s thumbs down and not focusing on why ALL… https://t.co/9zAdkHHzV0— the good niko (@the good niko) 1614991822.0
Sen. Sinema really trying to say people are sexist for critiquing her thumbs down is the biggest white woman energ… https://t.co/jkhGa1ItGn— Kate Sánchez⁷ 🔜 SXSW2021 (@Kate Sánchez⁷ 🔜 SXSW2021) 1614992401.0
Hi @kyrstensinema the tipped minimum wage is sexist. You just voted against ending the tipped minimum wage with hug… https://t.co/aYzlHKpIGp— melissa “cancel student debt” byrne (@melissa “cancel student debt” byrne) 1614991438.0
@HawaiiDelilah @run4urmny It’s not sexist. @SenBooker is my Senator. If he ever did that on a thumbs up or down vot… https://t.co/fBwMNme3M4— Talan (@Talan) 1614992620.0
looking for suggestions: anyone know how to dunk on the disproportionate number of women and woc minimum wage worke… https://t.co/NamT9dYQqv— dino (@dino) 1614992281.0
Criticizing Sinema for gleefully giving a minimum wage hike a thumbs down = not sexist https://t.co/VodHBV7e37— Gracie Raw (@Gracie Raw) 1614990812.0
@aterkel @sara_bee Is it sexist if a woman thinks her little thumbs down dance was sickening? Asking for all the fe… https://t.co/OZamg6l6kv— Nik (@Nik) 1614991230.0
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