We’ve been describing some of the bad reactions to activists harassing Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), following her into the bathroom and filming her.
We wrote about the horrible response of Biden, basically normalizing the behavior and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s effort to spin Biden’s response after grilling from Fox’s Peter Doocy. Instead of condemning the action, Biden downplayed it.
Biden gave legitimacy to this kind of behavior and now the media is calling for more of it, literally citing to Biden in their argument.
Here’s Jezebel actually calling for more, in a piece titled, “Absolutely Bully Kyrsten Sinema Outside Of Her Bathroom Stall.”
— Jezebel (@Jezebel) October 4, 2021
Now, this is some kind of spin.
Even President Biden was seemingly unimpressed by all the whining, telling reporters during a Monday press conference that “It happens to everybody… it’s part of the process.”
He’s right. And for all the pearl-clutching, few are providing a more effective and safe alternative to what these activists did. They told Sinema, to her face—and through a door—that she was failing them and why. There was no violence, no rude language, nothing. Just a few constituents following their representative into a large bathroom to air their grievances. What should they have done instead? Call her office and direct their ire through a receptionist like surely countless Americans do each day? Write her a letter she won’t read? Vote her into office again and hope that, this time, she’ll deign them important enough to listen to?
But maybe it’s easier to act like a public bathroom is a sacred place than criticize the fact that Sinema decided to hide from her voters like a coward.
First of all, no, no one is going to listen to anything you have to say when you assail them in the bathroom. Not to mention that Sinema said she had already given these folks time — talking with them on prior occasions — so this thought that the poor people were forced to follow her into the bathroom is just nonsense and insincere.
Second, Jezebel has called out bullying against women in the past. But apparently, it’s okay when it’s against a woman that you don’t like and want targeted.
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) October 4, 2021
Now, we know that if this had involved a radical leftist like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) being harassed and followed into a bathroom by someone on the right, we would be hearing leftist media — including Jezebel — railing on about the horrible intrusion on her privacy, the attempt to bully her, the misogyny. Indeed, Jezebel wrote no less than five stories about AOC’s “harrowing” time during the Capitol riot — when no rioter came anywhere near her and she wasn’t even in the Capitol building but in her own office some minutes away. So it’s harrowing for AOC but someone actually stalking Sinema in two different places, following her into the bathroom, and possibly committing a crime in the bargain is just all cool to these people. Because she’s on the wrong side of the political narrative, so any treatment of her is justified.
Further, this is targeted incitement and harassment by Jezebel against Sinema. So why isn’t Twitter trying to curtail this tweet from Jezebel? Where’s their action? Or are they too busy objecting to random obituaries on their platform?