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Left-Wing Twitter Melts Down Over Sinema Defending Filibuster, Killing Dem Election Overhaul: ‘Knife In The Heart Of Democracy’
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 27: Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) leaves the U.S. Capitol after a private meeting and a vote October 27, 2021 in Washington, DC. Democrats are continuing internal negotiations about the Biden administration's social policy spending bill. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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Left-wing Twitter users had a collective meltdown over the news that moderate Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) would not support amending or abolishing the Senate filibuster, effectively killing the pair of Democrat-backed election overhaul bills currently stalled in the Senate.

In a floor speech in the Senate chamber Thursday morning, Sinema announced that while she supported the voting bills themselves, she would not break the filibuster in order to ram them through the Senate on a party-line basis. “There’s no need for me to restate my longstanding support for the 60-vote threshold to pass legislation. There’s no need for me to restate its role in protecting our country from wild reversals of federal policy,” Sinema said.

“This week’s harried discussions about Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could have and should have been a thoughtful public debate at any time over the past year.”

“But what is the legislative filibuster, other than a tool that requires new federal policy to be broadly supported by senators, representing the broader cross-section of Americans… Demands to eliminate this threshold from whichever party holds the fleeting majority amount to a group of people separated on two sides of a canyon, shouting that solution to their colleagues.”

“These bills help treat the symptoms of the disease, but they do not fully address the disease itself. And while I continue to support these bills, I will not support separate actions that worsen the underlying disease of division affecting our country,” Sinema added.

Sinema’s comments led her name to trend on Twitter, as left-wing users reacted bitterly to the speech and immediately began hounding Sinema for effectively scuttling the voting bills.

“Sinema delivers the Senate’s stupidest speech by a Democrat in an edge of tears voice to give childish words a melodramatic effect,” MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell tweeted.

@SenatorSinema just put a knife in the heart of Democracy. My heart breaks how easily she was bought to support the Republican coup,” MSNBC contributor Malcolm Nance tweeted.

How do the staff of @SenatorSinema not resign at the shame of being handmaidens to the death of Democracy? Are they actually Democrats or are [they] Trump lobbyists?” he added.

“It is unbelievable that one person can destroy this country. Vote her out,” wrote co-host of “The View” Joy Behar.

“I say this as her former friend and the person who first gave her national television exposure on @msnbc: @SenatorSinema needs to resign or be removed from office immediately. Rather than decreasing “division” in this country her action guarantees it,” tweeted disgraced former ESPN and MSNBC host Keith Olbermann.

“Kyrsten Sinema won’t eliminate the filibuster, effectively killing our voting rights legislation,” Democratic Ohio Congressman and Senate Candidate Tim Ryan wrote. “50-50 isn’t cutting it. We have to expand our majority if we want to abolish the filibuster and make real progress. If we win Ohio, we’re virtually guaranteed to do just that.”

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