A video from early 2018 shows Democrat Senate candidate Kyrsten Sinema dramatically cringing about Arizona in a speech in which she talks about running for state elected office.
“So I ran for the state House and state Senate,” Sinema tells the crowd before glancing at her notes. Pausing, she adds with a cringing face and shrugging hand gesture, “in Arizona. Right.” She then changes tunes as she says, “But I got elected”:
Sinema and Republican Martha McSally, both members of the U.S. House of Representatives, are battling it out in general election bids to replace outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake in the U.S. Senate.
Sinema has repeatedly put down the people of Arizona in speeches.
“And then my state, Arizona, is clearly the meth lab of democracy,” Sinema told a Netroots Nation audience in 2010. She credited The Daily Show for the phrase but added, “I’m happy to steal it and use it all the time”:
“People would watch what’s happening in Arizona and be like, ‘Damn, those people are crazy. Is it something about the water?’” Sinema said at a 2011 speech in Texas. She told the story of the five C’s of Arizona she learned as a kid, those industries that contribute to the state’s economy, but declared her desire to add a sixth C: “crazy.” It’s a suggestion she has made more than once.
“These women who act like staying at home, leeching off their husbands or boyfriends, and just cashing the checks is some sort of feminism because they’re choosing to live that life. That’s bullshit. I mean, what the fuck are we really talking about here?” she said in a 944 magazine interview quoted by the Phoenix New Times in 2006. She also called Republicans “Neanderthals” in that interview. Later faced with criticism, she tried to explain the remarks away.
In a speech identified as dating back to 2011, Sinema slammed Arizonans as “famous in a Lindsay Lohan kind of way.” She said, “All around the world people know what’s happening in Arizona, and not in a good way.”
She has openly made derogatory remarks about Arizona on Twitter as well. “Just one day, I’d like Arizona to be in the news for something good. Just one day people,” she wrote in June 2010.
In a February 2003 radio show appearance, she declared that she did not care if people went to fight for the Taliban. Fox News identified the host as a “conspiracy theorist who claimed the September 11, 2001 terror attacks were perpetrated by the government.” Sinema told the host and his audience, “As an individual, if I want to go fight in the Taliban army, I go over there, and I’m fighting for the Taliban, I’m saying that’s a personal decision.”