The contrast between Arizona Republican Martha McSally — an Air Force veteran — and Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, a former anti-war protester, could not be starker. In fact, fireworks flew during the first and only Senate debate in Arizona Monday night when McSally accused Sinema of saying, “It’s okay to commit treason.”
Rather than responding to McSally’s attack or explaining herself, Sinema instead accused McSally of running a negative campaign, using “ridiculous attacks, and trying to smear my campaign.”
But was McSally being ridiculous for bringing up Sinema’s past? And is it really a “smear” to make an accusation if the allegations are true?
You can be the judge as you ponder these 11 freaky-deaky things about Sinema that have come out in recent weeks:
1. She once depicted American servicemen as scary skeletons exporting “terror” abroad on a flyer protesting the Iraq War:
How Kyrsten Sinema viewed American servicemen https://t.co/cnPaf9cmpX
…"portrayed American soldiers as skeletons waging “terror” in the Middle East."
— Rambling Mother 🐻 (@RamblingMother) September 16, 2018
2. Defended men who solicit underage prostitutes
During an Arizona House hearing in February 2007 when she was an Arizona legislator, Sinema raised concerns about a bill that toughened penalties against individuals soliciting child prostitutes because they may appear older than their ages, according to video of her remarks. “I don’t think that’s fair,” she said.
3. Protested the Iraq War in a tutu
Fact-checking the "Fact Checkers." @PolitiFact Rates AZ Republican Martha McSally ruled 'Mostly False' that 'No War' protester Kyrsten Sinema denigrated troops protesting the Iraq War in a pink TUTU! https://t.co/f4u4Snr6AS pic.twitter.com/EQU8O0WGpH
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) September 15, 2018
4. Once described herself as a “Prada socialist”
Prada Socialist, Kyrsten Sinema, Struggles To Hide Her Radical Past https://t.co/EPxacbQO6I
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 3, 2018
5. Called Arizona the “crazy” state and the “meth lab of democracy”
6. Said she didn’t care if a constituent went and fought for the Taliban
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) October 12, 2018
7. Chummy with anarchists
Arizona Senate candidate supports destruction of property by anarchists. https://t.co/1fy0HvKf3z
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) October 14, 2018
8. Promoted events at Arizona State University featuring the execrable Lynn Stewart, a lawyer convicted of aiding an Islamist terror organization and its leader
FOX NEWS: Sinema "invited people in a now-closed Yahoo group to attend two events with Lynn Stewart… charged with helping her former client Omar Abdel Rahman… pass on secret messages to his followers to commit terror attacks." #AZSEN https://t.co/h3bqDU5nuM
— John Ashbrook (@JohnAshbrook) October 10, 2018
9. Falsely claimed to be Latino (Allegedly)
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) October 13, 2018
The nonprofit National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials listed her as a Latina.
In case you’re befuddled by Sinema’s last name, Selena Gomez she is not. In fact, the Dem could apply to be a spokeswoman for WonderBread, if this politics thing doesn’t work out for her.
Nevertheless, in a PowerPoint demonstration [added note – archived here] created for NALEO’s annual conference this year in Orlando, Florida, Sinema is identified under the header, “Latinos in non-majority Latino districts,” on the same page as Nevada Legislator John Oceguera.
And in NALEO’s “2011 Directory of Latino Elected Officials,” Sinema’s listed along with elected Arizona Latinos, such as Congressman Ed Pastor and state Senator Steve Gallardo.
How did Sinema’s name end up in the directory? According to Rosalind Gold, Senior Director of Policy, Research and Advocacy at NALEO, details on Sinema’s ethnic status likely would have come from either Sinema or someone in her legislative office.
“We rely heavily on self-identification,” Gold told me, explaining that the organization would have called Sinema’s office to ask if Sinema was Latino.
10. Hosted a radio show on Air America Phoenix with a 9/11 truther
11. Used to hang out with witches!
Perhaps Kyrsten Sinema could call in the Pagan Cluster to minister to the Meth Lab of Democracy. From @PhilipWegmann: 'Emails: Kyrsten Sinema summoned witches to her anti-war rally.' https://t.co/3yk2MeKnx8
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 15, 2018
It was during the height of the Iraq War when Sinema, then a far-left protest organizer, summoned supernatural help to stop the Iraq War.
Emails obtained by the Washington Examiner show Sinema inviting a prominent group of feminist witches in Arizona called Pagan Cluster to celebrate International Women’s Day and to protest the war in March of 2003. Code Pink protesters wore pink, obviously enough, and the Women in Black wore black. But Sinema encouraged the witches to wear “colorful clothing and come ready to dance, twirl, and stay in touch with your inner creativity and with the Earth.”
The Sinema campaign would not say why she invited the witches or clarify why she thought members of the occult deserved a seat at the table during discussions concerning war and peace. The witches in question, it should be noted, claim to practice only nonviolent magic. Per the about section on their webpage, theirs is a peaceful and democratic kind of sorcery.
Out of the broom closet and into the public square, the Pagan Cluster focuses “sharing spiritual insights and participating in direct democracy.” Their visions are decidedly liberal and many of their coven “have roots in the Reclaiming Tradition of feminist Witchcraft.”
Christine O'Donnell, 2010: "I am not a witch.
Kyrsten Sinema, 2018: "Hold muh beer." https://t.co/ngaL9jTftq
— David Freddoso (@freddoso) October 15, 2018