Sen. Kyrsten Sinema Gave a Literal Thumbs-Down to the $15 Minimum-Wage Amendment

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On Friday, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) joined Republicans and seven other Democrats to vote against the $15 minimum-wage increase amendment to President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill. The $15-wage increase was one of the most contested points of the relief bill, which passed the Senate today without the wage amendment.

Sinema’s vote came in the form of a literal thumbs down, which was captured on video:

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As USA Today notes, Sinema’s thumbs-down vote reminded some people of the iconic thumbs-down vote former Arizona senator John McCain gave to save the Affordable Care Act in 2017.

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Arizona’s other Senator, Democrat Mark Kelly, reportedly gave a thumbs up on Friday to vote for the wage-increase amendment.

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Twitter was quick to point out the “tone deaf” nature of Sinema’s vote:

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As author Bess Kalb pointed out on Twitter, Sinema was carrying a Lululemon bag.
“I wish I could tell you it isn’t true, but the bag is evidently called the ‘Happy Hatha Hour’ bag, and its manufacturer’s intent was for the wearer to take it from yoga to cocktails. Goodnight and good luck,” she wrote.

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She clarified: “Also! The media has long fixated on women’s clothing and accessory choices as part of a sexist trope. This is especially true for female politicians. What’s outrageous here is a woman actively fighting against economic justice WHILE flaunting privilege. Also Lulu fucking lemon. “

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Meanwhile, others pointed out this tweet from Sinema in 2014:

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Just going to leave that there.

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