After old footage of Arizona Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) mocking her potential future constituents as “crazy” was uncovered, another video has surfaced that shows her calling the state the “meth lab of democracy” — and Meghan McCain, daughter of late Arizona Sen. John McCain, isn’t impressed.
“As we see in this very quote that the states are the laboratories of democracy,” Sinema can be heard saying in an edited video shared by her opponent, Rep. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), on Friday. “And then my state, Arizona, is clearly the meth lab of democracy.”
Watch the video below:
— McSally For Senate (@MarthaMcSally) October 12, 2018
While the context of the video is unclear, she goes on to say, “I cannot take credit for that line. Someone at ‘The Daily Show’ wrote it. But I’m happy to steal it and use it all the time.”
According to the Daily Caller, Sinema appears to have been referencing a 2010 clip from the show in which then-host Jon Stewart “launched a diatribe against the state over legislation he considered to be backward.”
The new footage comes days after the release of another video featuring Sinema in which she mocks Arizonans as “crazy” and advises Texans on how to “stop your state from becoming Arizona” — and the ensuing backlash.
Watch the video below:
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) October 11, 2018
Sinema has since defended herself via a statement from her spokesperson, Helen Hare.
“This is yet another ridiculous and desperate attack from Congresswoman McSally and her Washington allies,” Hare said.
“Kyrsten was fighting back against out-of-state special interests who were working to take away Arizonans’ health care, make tuition more expensive, and hurt Arizona families,” she continued. “Bottom line, Kyrsten will always stand up for Arizonans.”
Meghan McCain, however, isn’t too pleased with what the Senate candidate had to say about her home state — the one her late father represented:
I am so incredibly proud to be born and raised in Arizona. My home state is so much of who I am. What an utterly bizarre and ignorant thing for anyone to say – let alone another person born and raised. #Arizonaforever ? https://t.co/zjGu7WkHvK
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) October 12, 2018
The two videos of Sinema come as Democrats hope a “blue wave” during the midterm elections will help them win back control of Congress.