Former Labor Secretary Robert Reich is the latest Democrat to attack Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema over her vote to keep the filibuster. In a since-deleted tweet, Reich suggested Democrats should assault Sinema for breaking with her Democrat colleagues.
On Wednesday, Republicans defeated an effort to change filibuster rules in order for Democrats to push their voting rights legislation through the upper chamber. Democrat Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema voted with Republicans to uphold the filibuster in its current form.
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 20, 2022
Fox News reports:
National Review’s Charles Cooke said Reich’s remark was tantamount to saying Sinema “must be slapped around by her party if she fails to follow the demands of a white man.”
“No big deal,” tweeted radio host Larry O’Connor. “Just Democrat/Socialist icon [Robert Reich] encouraging violence against a female senator who didn’t vote the way he wanted.”
Reich hasn’t apologized or offered any additional comment since deleting the original tweet about Sinema. The Arizona Democrat has been the subject of sharp and even personal attacks from the left for maintaining her support for the filibuster. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., said Manchin and Sinema didn’t care about Blacks and minorities in an interview last weekend.
Reich, now a professor at the University of California-Berkeley, served in the Clinton administration. The left-wing economist has made appearances on CNN and MSNBC over the years to comment on political and economic matters.