Former Labor Secretary Reich says Democrats should attack Sinema for filibuster stance in deleted tweet

Former Democratic Labor Secretary Robert Reich has become the latest left-wing figure to viciously attack Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, for her filibuster stance, suggesting Senate Democrats should assault her for it .

“Tonight, Republican senators lined up to shake hands with Kyrsten Sinema,” he wrote in a now-deleted tweet Thursday. “The Democratic senators should have given him the backs of their hands.”

On Thursday afternoon, he said he deleted the tweet because “it has been widely misinterpreted and distorted by conservative media”, calling “the backhand” an “idiom of reprimand”.

Sinema and Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va., joined 50 Senate Republicans on Wednesday in opposing an attempt to change the Senate’s filibuster on party lines, resulting in a final tally of 48 -52. As expected, Democrats failed to advance their sweeping election overhaul bills past the 60-vote filibuster threshold.

Sinema particularly enraged liberals for his staunch support for maintaining the filibuster, and Reich’s suggestion that Democrats should hit a woman for her position sparked outrage.

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National Review’s Charles Cooke said Reich’s remark amounted to saying that Sinema “must be slapped by her party if she doesn’t live up to the demands of a white man.”

“It’s okay,” radio host Larry O’Connor tweeted. “Just Democrat/Socialist Icon [Robert Reich] encouraging violence against a senator who did not vote as he wanted. »

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Just last year, Reich scolded Republicans as “actively opposed to ending the epidemic of violence against women in America”. In 2020, he shared remarks by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., after she accused a House Republican of verbally accosting her. Reich urged “all men” to get his message out about not accepting “violent language against women.”

The Arizona Democrat has come under fierce and even personal attack from the left for maintaining her support for the filibuster. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, said Manchin and Sinema don’t care about blacks and minorities during an interview last weekend.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema listens during a press conference at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington on July 28, 2021.

Senator Kyrsten Sinema listens during a press conference at the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington on July 28, 2021.
(Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Reich, now a professor at the University of California-Berkeley, served in the Clinton administration. The left-leaning economist has made appearances on CNN and MSNBC over the years to comment on political and economic issues.

The university did not respond to a request for comment.

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Reich also suggested Wednesday that because of the filibuster, Republicans had “the green light to cheat their way to victory in 2022, 2024, and every election thereafter.”

Fox News’ Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

This article has been updated with Reich’s explanation for the tweet’s removal.

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