Democratic Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, running for the seat of retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake, repeatedly mocked her home state for being “crazy” during a 2011 speech at a Texas Democratic event, a video of the remarks shows.
In video clips posted by the Reagan Battalion on Twitter, Sinema — then a state senator — offered San Antonio Stonewall Democrats advice on how “to stop your state from becoming Arizona.”
"Over the past several years, people would watch what has happened to Arizona be like, ‘Damn, those people are crazy. Is it something about the water?' No, the water is fine, we stole it from Colorado," Sinema said, eliciting laughs.
"When we grew up I remember in first grade we learned a song about Arizona," she added. "Arizona is the state of the five C's: cattle, copper, citrus, cotton, and climate. And those were the five things that our state historically made its money off of. But I would add a sixth C, it's called ‘crazy.'"
Simena also described Arizona as rife with sexism and racism, mocking the state’s legislature — and warning that it had seeped into Texas politics.
"The legislation that you see happening this year, the attacks on women, and women's right to make choices about their lives, their families, and their futures, that comes directly from Arizona state legislature," Sinema said. "The bills that you are seeing in the legislature this year, to restrict a woman's right to choose, to force her to listen to the heartbeat of the fetus and to look at a picture—I know that's in your legislature. It came from my legislature."
"I want to talk to you about some of the things you can do to stop your state from becoming Arizona," she told the crowd.
In Arizona’s competitive Senate race, GOP candidate Martha McSally has hit Simena for “protesting us in a pink tutu” rather than serving in the military after 9/11.
And in 2012, she infamously proclaimed that stay-at-home mothers are “leeching off of their husbands.”
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