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Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema Gleefully Votes Against a $15 Minimum Wage in Viral Video

She literally brought a cake to the senate floor.

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After weeks of negotiating, arguing, and punditry, the Senate FINALLY voted 50-49 to approve Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill. The American Rescue Plan is undoubtedly a huge win for democrats and for America itself, but democrats were still forced to cave on several popular amendments. Most notable among them is the fight to increase the minimum wage to $15, which was rejected by West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin and Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema. Senator Bernie Sanders held a floor vote for the minimum wage increase, with saw 8 democratic senators voting against it.

It’s beyond frustrating that these wealthy democratic senators would vote against the most paltry of increases to the minimum wage, and even more odious that republicans won’t even consider it. But Sinema’s gleeful performance of voting the amendment down is a slap in the face to her over 800,000 constituents whose lives would be changed by a minimum wage increase. In the video, you can see Sinema giving an exaggerated thumbs down:

Sinema’s vote is all the more enraging considering she publicly supported raising the minimum wage years ago. What changed? Oh right, money and politics. Sigh. Twitter was quick to roast the Arizona senator for her ghoulish and deeply unprofessional behavior:

But wait, it gets worse! Sinema brought a chocolate cake to the floor of the senate to celebrate keeping poor people poor. Sinema said the cake was for the senate floor staff who worked through the night, but the Marie Antoinette parallels were undeniable, and “Marie Antoinette” began trending on social media.

Sinema’s team have responded to the online outcry by trying to frame criticisms as a sexist attack. It’s not. “Commentary about a female senator’s body language, clothing, or physical demeanor does not belong in a serious media outlet,” said Sinema spokesperson Hannah Hurley. Because what’s more sexist: disenfranchising women by rejecting the fight for $15 or being called out for your own shitty behavior?

(via HuffPost, featured image: ALEX EDELMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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