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Former Dem Labor Sec Calls For Violence Against Sinema. James Woods, Others Fire Back
Woods: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Sinema: Mandel Ngan-Pool/Getty Images

On Thursday, after GOP senators lined up to shake the hand of Arizona Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who joined West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin to vote against the Democrats’ attempt to nuke the Senate filibuster so they could implement the extreme voting alterations of the Freedom to Vote Act, former Democratic Labor Secretary Robert Reich seemingly called for violence against Sinema, writing in a later-deleted tweet, “Tonight, Republican senators lined up to shake Kyrsten Sinema’s hand. Democratic senators should have given her the backs of their hands.”

“Just last year, Reich scolded Republicans as ‘actively opposed to ending the epidemic of violence against women in America.’ In 2020, he shared remarks from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., after she accused a House Republican of verbally accosting her. Reich urged ‘all men’ to let her message sink in about not accepting ‘violent language against women,’” Fox News noted.

Social media eviscerated Reich for his comments regarding Sinema. Some examples:

Actor James Woods, succinctly: “Big man.”

National Review’s Charles Cooke: “‘Kyrsten Sinema is the sort of inspiring LGBT woman who must be slapped around by her party if she fails to follow the demands of a white man,’ writes @RBReich.”

Glenn Greenwald: “What are Democrats supposed to do to Sen. Sinema with ‘the backs of their hands,’ @RBReich?”

Radio host Larry O’Connor: “No big deal. Just Democrat/Socialist icon [Robert Reich] encouraging violence against a female senator who didn’t vote the way he wanted.”

O’Connor added, “Hey little lady… if you don’t vote my way we’re just gonna have to smack you around a bit until you fall in line and do what you’re told.” –  @RBReich ‘s inner thoughts?”

Radio host Jason Rantz: “This is @RBReich saying Democrats should assault a female senator because the democrat party is the… champion of women. Uh huh.”

Media Research Center’s Nick Fondacaro: “Hey @TwitterSupport, @RBReich is encouraging violence against a woman on your platform. Going to do anything about it?”

Woods concluded with a tribute to Sinema:

“The Freedom to Vote Act looks to override a number of election rules put in place by some Republican-led states and includes language to allow for same-day voter registration and no-excuse mail voting, prevent states from requiring a photo ID to vote, allow felons to vote in all states and would require super PACs and so-called “dark money groups” to disclose all donors who contribute more than $10,000,” The New York Post noted.

“Manchin, D-W.Va., and Sinema, D-Ariz., joined all Senate Republicans in opposing the attempt to alter the Senate filibuster on party lines, resulting in a 48-52 final tally,” Fox News reported. “That vote followed a failed attempt by Democrats to advance the election bills over the Senate’s 60-vote filibuster threshold. All Republicans opposed it.”

Manchin said on the Senate floor Wednesday, “For the last year, my Democratic colleagues have taken to the Senate floor, cable news airwaves, pages of newspapers across the country to argue that repealing the filibuster is actually restoring the Senate to the vision the Founding Fathers intended for this deliberative body. My friends, that is simply not true. It’s just not true. The United States Senate has never, in 233 years, been able to end debate on legislation with a simple majority vote.”

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