'The View' Co-Hosts Blast Sinema for Becoming an Independent: 'She Just Hurt the Senate!'


Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) is facing criticism for her decision to become an independent.

During a discussion on ABC’s “The View” on Sinema’s decision, co-host Joy Behar expressed exasperation as she said, “Really? I mean, but it’s an interesting thing that she’s going through in her head.”

“It’s like, OK this party has nothing. They have nothing, no platform, nothing. All they do is hang out with Nazis and white supremacists,” she continued. “The other party actually is doing something for people like us — working families, for gay people, for voting rights — and then she’s like ‘what should I do?'”

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Meanwhile, Sunny Hostin claimed the move was “bizarre” and Sinema should have said she was an independent “from the beginning.”

“I think she’s like, ‘Who’s going to like me?’ So let me become an independent so maybe I can get those independent voters, and maybe I can get those Republican voters, and maybe they’ll love me,” she added.

Alyssa Farah-Griffin argued “we demonize moderation too much” and politics is “way too polarized.”

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“[Sinema’s] somebody who marches to the beat of her own drum,” she said.

However, Hostin insisted, “She just hurt the Senate.”

“I think Democrats were finally in a position of controlling the Senate 51-49. We were going to get a lot done. And if she wants to talk about getting a lot done, then she should have remained a Democrat so that we can get things done,” she added.

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On Friday, Sinema announced she will leave the Democratic Party and become a registered independent, as IJR reported.

In an op-ed published by The Arizona Republican, Sinema wrote, “Pressures in both parties pull leaders to the edges, allowing the loudest, most extreme voices to determine their respective parties’ priorities and expecting the rest of us to fall in line.”

“In catering to the fringes, neither party has demonstrated much tolerance for diversity of thought. Bipartisan compromise is seen as a rarely acceptable last resort, rather than the best way to achieve lasting progress,” she continued. “Payback against the opposition party has replaced thoughtful legislating.”

Still, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the administration has “every reason to expect that we will continue to work successfully with her.”

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