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‘We are breaking it, keep going’

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A senior strategist from the left-wing American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) responded to a speech Thursday by Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, urging Democrats to continue targeting her.

Sarah Michelsen, ACLU senior campaign strategist and former state director for Senator Bernie Sanders’ failed 2020 presidential campaign, took to Twitter after Sinema’s emotional speech stating that she would not vote to weaken obstruction of 60 Senate votes in order to help Democrats pass the voting rights.

Sinema “looks like she’s going to cry,” Michelsen said, urging Democrats to “continue” the attacks because they “break” her.

After this article was published, Michelsen made his Twitter account private and removed his title and employer from his Twitter bio.


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Arizona Democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema speaks during a Senate Finance Committee hearing in Washington on October 19, 2021. Mandel Ngan / AFP / Bloomberg via Getty Images


Progressives and supporters of the franchise bill, who support the elimination of filibuster, attacked Sinema’s speech. MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan tweetedSHOCKER: Sinema will continue to support filibuster and will not budge. She says she supports the suffrage bills but will do nothing to ensure they get passed. Shame on her. “

“Sinema delivers the dumbest speech in the Senate by a Democrat in a tearful voice to give childish words a melodramatic effect,” MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell tweeted.

Earlier Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a bill combining these two original pieces of legislation: the John Lewis Voting Rights Act and the Freedom to Vote Act. However, he will not get 60 votes in the Senate, which is divided 50-50 along party lines.

“I don’t need to reaffirm my long-standing support for the 60-vote threshold to pass a law. I don’t need to reaffirm its role in protecting our country from savage reversals of federal policy,” Sinema told the Senate. “This week’s harrowing discussions of Senate rules are but a poor substitute for what I believe could and should have been a thoughtful public debate anytime over the past year.

“But what is legislative obstruction, other than a tool that requires the new federal policy to be broadly supported by senators, representing the broadest section of Americans … The demands to remove that threshold from which party holds the fleeting majority equivalent to a group of people split up on both sides of a canyon, shouting this solution to their colleagues. “

Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., who also opposes the elimination of filibuster, praised Sinema’s speech, saying she had done a “great job”, adding that the Senate needed to “change the rules” but “not to get rid of the obstruction”.

In a recent interview with NBC’s Craig Melvin, Vice President Harris said she “would not absolve the 50 Republicans in the US Senate from the responsibility of standing up for one of the most basic and important principles of our democracy, namely free and fair elections and access to the ballot for all eligible voters.

When told about Sinema and Manchin, she said: “I don’t think anyone should be absolved of the responsibility of preserving and protecting our democracy.

The ACLU and Sinema’s office did not respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

Fox News’s Tyler Olson contributed to this report.

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