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.
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.
easily one of the worst sentences i've ever read pic.twitter.com/eiwfLobR2G
— chris mills rodrigo (@millsrodrigo) October 1, 2021
I, like Kyrsten Sinema, am a bisexual woman.
This isn't about representation. In an article talking about LGBTQ lawmakers, that would be a relevant detail. In an article about her policy positions it's irrelevant. Particularly when insinuating all bisexuals are progressive.
— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) October 1, 2021
Kyrsten Sinema is not the bisexual representation we asked for.
— muffin hemingway (@adriennecrezo) September 29, 2021
the ally is you, Axios
— Atrios (@Atrios) October 1, 2021
a message to people inclined to write about Kyrsten Sinema's sexuality in this way: please don't.
"Progressives could be forgiven for presuming that Sinema, 45, the first openly bisexual member of Congress … would share their woke politics." https://t.co/La2ZR1qj9W
— Emily Birnbaum (@birnbaum_e) October 1, 2021
I am revoking Kyrsten Sinema's quirky wig privileges. She is ruining the aging bisexual alt-girl aesthetic for the rest of us and I'm tired of it
— 🌹 Melanie 2.0 (@melbeastrules) September 29, 2021
telling a politician to do the job they were elected to do is not "bullying," hope this helps
— Emma Berquist (@eeberquist) October 1, 2021
zero “allies” quoted here
it’s just a press release written by Sinema’s office https://t.co/NdTh3j6MbZ
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) October 1, 2021