This year’s Martin Luther King Day marked yet another shameless attempt by conservatives to claim ownership of the civil rights leader or pretend to honor him. But no one got owned harder than Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.).
Again, Republicans dared to mark MLK Day all while continuing to pursue voter suppression efforts that he would oppose, and Americans were quick to call out their hypocrisy.
However, Sinema’s tweet about MLK Day hit differently considering her stance on the filibuster in the Senate as a Democrat.
Today we remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. #MLKDay
— Kyrsten Sinema (@SenatorSinema) January 17, 2022
Sinema has repeatedly defended the filibuster, which allows the minority party in the Senate, in this case, the GOP, to block any piece of legislation they oppose. The legislation they are blocking right now is a landmark voting rights bill that would nullify voter suppression laws Republicans have passed in several red states. It would expand voter registration and give more Americans access to the ballot all while sabotaging GOP schemes to rig elections.
In fact, Sinema had the gall to deliver a speech last week in support of the filibuster even as she claims to support the voting rights legislation.
Of course, there is video footage of King expressing his opposition to the filibuster being used to block voting rights legislation.
“I think the tragedy is that we have a Congress with a Senate that has a minority of misguided senators who will use the filibuster to keep the majority of people from even voting,” King said, going on to note that those opposed to the legislation represent a minority of American voters, just like Republicans represent fewer voters than Democrats do today.
Here’s the video via YouTube:
It’s like King smacked down Sinema from the grave. If Sinema really wants to honor King and his legacy, she would help end the filibuster and vote to pass the voting rights legislation. An insincere tweet just won’t cut it.
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