Kyrsten Sinema: Stay-At-Home Moms 'Leech Off Their Husbands'

2006 interview surfaces

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Arizona Democratic senatorial candidate Kyrsten Sinema not only thought it was okay for Americans to join the Taliban, disparaged the citizens of her home state as racists, and accused former President George W. Bush of “Crowning himself King of the World for Life” and putting arsenic in the country’s water, she has made plain her contempt for stay-at-home moms.

In a 2006 interview with the Scottsdale nightlife magazine 944, Sinema went off the rails when describing stay-at-home moms, blustering, "These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they're choosing to live that life. That's bulls**t. I mean, what the f*** are we really talking about here?"

Sinema was married to a BYU classmate before later divorcing him. She has no children, and is a vehement abortion rights supporter. She co-sponsored the Women's Health Protection Act. As Carol Tobias, president of the National Right to Life Committee, told the Senate Judiciary Committee:

We find the formal title or marketing label, “Women’s Health Protection Act,” to be highly misleading. The bill is really about just one thing: stripping away from elected lawmakers the ability to provide even the most minimal protections for unborn children, at any stage of their development. The proposal is so sweeping and extreme that it would be difficult to capture its full scope in any short title. Calling it the “Abortion Without Limits Until Birth Act” would be more in line with truth-in-advertising standards.

The bill would subject any law or government policy that affects the practice of abortion, even indirectly, to an array of sweeping legal tests, designed to guarantee that almost none will survive. The general rule would be that any law that specifically regulates abortion would be presumptively invalid. The same would be true of any law that is not abortion-specific but has the effect or claimed effect of reducing access to abortion. It is apparent that those who crafted this bill believe that, where abortion is involved, immediate access to abortion, at any stage of pregnancy, is the only thing that matters.

In her little-known 2009 book, “Unite and Conquer: How to Build Coalitions That Win — And Last,” Sinema wrote, "I don't mean that we should all of a sudden abandon our principles and adopt moral relativism. I just mean that we should consider the idea that perhaps people with views different from our own come about those ideas honestly and that those ideas aren't inherently evil."

Just as long as those ideas aren’t about moms raising their children the way they have for centuries, apparently.

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