“How much for a lap dance?”
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, has been called out for wearing a short dress and thigh-high boots to work in the House of Representatives on Saturday.
Jim Ziegler, Alabama’s state auditor, posted photos of Sinema in the halls and on the floor of the Senate to Facebook on Saturday, saying she was “improperly attired.” He later deleted the posts.
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This is totally embarrassing to see any Senator wearing an inappropriate clothes like a Stripper or Whore. US Senate is NOT a nightclub! SHAME on #AZsen Kyrsten Sinema! She should know better! 😱😳🙄 pic.twitter.com/61yTknyZgV
— MA Redpine (@MaRedpine) January 28, 2019
— Rachel (@ramiefriend) January 25, 2019
— Realitybetterthanfake (@Realismisbetter) January 25, 2019
Others thought Sinema was dressed for a nightclub, or just questioned her fashion sense.
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) January 26, 2019
The backlash was picked up by conservative websites and by Sinema’s home-state newspaper, The Arizona Republic, which ran the headline “Sen. Kyrsten Sinema puts on boots and America cringes.” The senator previously faced criticism earlier this month for the outfit she wore to the swearing-in ceremony.
Kyrsten Sinema is sworn in today as the nation's first openly bisexual senator and the first-ever Mamie Van Doren cosplayer in congress pic.twitter.com/iAlvYdcuO1
— Mary Emily O'Hara (@MaryEmilyOHara) January 3, 2019
Sinema, who is the first openly bisexual senator, was part of an incoming class of Democratic lawmakers who have been celebrated by liberals and the press for their left-wing views and diverse backgrounds and identities.
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However, conservatives have so far been less-than-impressed with some of their politics and especially behavior. Among the prominent examples have been Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, who has made proved factually challenged; Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who called President Donald Trump a “motherfucker” right after being sworn-in; and Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, whose past advocacy on behalf of would-be Islamic State terrorists has resurfaced.
By comparison, Sinema being “improperly attired” could be dismissed as trivial. Indeed, as usual in the culture wars, there was backlash to the backlash, with liberal news outlets and Twitter users rushing to Sinema’s defense. As in response to criticism of her above-mentioned colleagues, some, of course, tried to make it all about conservative bigotry.
Some of the same people criticizing Kyrsten Sinema for wearing a dress and boots criticize Ilhan Omar for wearing a hijab.
— Teddy Kokoros (@teddyballgame83) January 25, 2019
By the way, Sinema was at the Senate on Thursday to cast two votes on reopening the government. A deal got done the next day, and the federal bureaucracies were officially restored to their full glory on Monday.
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