After Arizona Sen. Kirsten Sinema announced Friday morning that she was leaving the Democratic Party to register as an independent, some liberal media pundits and commentators were surprised, or not surprised, but angry nonetheless.
The news comes just days after Democrats celebrated a slim majority in the Senate after winning Georgia. Fellow independents King Angus of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont said they would not caucus with Democrats, while Sinema said he would not caucus with Republicans.
Some Democrats, liberal media anchors and political commentators expressed anger and surprise at Sinema’s decision, including Democratic operative Adam Parkhomenko, who fumed, “I see Kirsten Sinema is still great at being the worst.” .
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Left-wing MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan also reacted to the news. “In the most surprising, surprising, and unexpected news in modern American political history, Sen. Kirsten Sinema is leaving the Democratic Party, which makes sense because 1) she’s never been a Democrat and 2) she can’t win a Democratic primary. in 2024. So Cinema will be Cinema…”
Former MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, who claimed to have met Sinema earlier, roasted him on Twitter. “You are morally unfit to serve as a United States Senator – manipulative, deceitful, messianic, unprincipled. I ask that you resign immediately.”
MSNBC analyst Brittany Packnett Cunningham called it “confirmation of his worst,” and far-left activist Charlotte Clymer wrote, “His greed and narcissism are his political party.”
“Cinema has been planning this move for years. It’s openly moving toward this with every hypocritical, self-serving move from climate change to the filibuster. It’s the most cynical marketing move and the worst-kept secret in American politics. secret. In D.C.,” Clymer wrote, suggesting that at some point he was trying to join the Republican national ticket.
According to FiveThirtyEight, Sinema has consistently voted with President Biden during his presidency, but has supported his agenda 93 percent of the time.
Some figures were more cautious about his decision.
MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes tweeted: “Obviously, but Sinema almost wanted to address the underlying issue and had a very tight race.” He also complained that fellow Arizona Democrat Sen. Mark Kelly won his race with “little drama.”
“We don’t know what goes through Kyrsten Sinema’s mind, but sometimes we can look at her and ask ourselves: what is she thinking?” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said on “Morning Joe.”
“He’s less of an independent and more of an enigma,” CNN political aide Van Jones said on “CNN This Morning,” calling him a “confusing political presence.”
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“What are you for and what are you against?” Jones asked, accusing the Democratic Party of “just slacking off.” CNN’s Melanie Zanona echoed Jones: “He likes to be called an enigma. He probably enjoys it.”
“Joining the growing number of Arizonans rejecting party politics by declaring my independence from the broken partisan system in Washington and officially registering as an Arizona Independent,” Sinema tweeted Friday morning.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Sinema was warned that Democrats would call him “every name in the book.” “They call you a traitor, an ungrateful person,” Tapper said. It wasn’t the first time he was bullied for his unorthodox political views. In September, Sinema was named “the worst Democrat” by critics.
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Sinema defended the same decision in an op-ed for the Arizona Republic, noting that he was “declaring” his independence from the “broken partisan system in Washington.”
“When politicians focus more on denying the opposition party a victory than on improving the lives of Americans, the people who lose are ordinary Americans,” he wrote in opposition.