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Beltway media outlet makes bizarre statement about Kyrsten Sinema’s bisexuality & gets called out

Kyrsten Sinema
Sen. Kyrsten SinemaPhoto: Gage Skidmore/via Wikipedia

Out Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (R-AZ) has faced criticism from Democrats over the last two weeks for her opposition to the Biden administration’s budget bill that would expand funding for a number of progressive initiatives, in part because she has refused to even say what parts she opposes before it passes the House. Reports of corporate funding she has received as well as her flippant attitude to Democrats have only added fuel to the fire.

But Axios, a beltway news outlet, decided to defend her in an odd way: by tying her obstruction to her bisexuality. Bisexual people and progressives called them out for it.

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In an odd piece published this morning, Axios compared Sinema to the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), saying that they’re both mavericks who “don’t play by Washington’s rules,” despite the fact that the most notable position she has taken this year is defending the 60-vote filibuster rule in the Senate.

“Progressives could be forgiven for presuming that Sinema, 45, the first openly bisexual member of Congress, who’s easy to spot in trademark sleeveless dresses, wry wigs, and acrylic glasses, would share their woke politics,” Axios‘s Hans Nichols wrote, adding that she’s “unconventional (see: recent internship at a Sonoma winery) and a force to be reckoned with. She’s known to rise between 4-5 a.m. to train for her next race.”

He wrote that Democrats are trying to “bully the wine-drinking triathlete into supporting President Biden’s $3.5 trillion budget bill.”

The article was ostensibly about “allies” standing up for Sinema, but Nichols didn’t mention any allies doing so, named or unnamed.

Bisexual people – like people of any sexual orientation – can belong to any political ideology, and social media users called out Axios for making Sinema’s obstructionism about her bisexuality.

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