Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) on Friday offered up a dramatic "thumbs down" vote on increasing the minimum wage to $15, which NCRM and other news outlets reported. While she was one of eight Democrats to vote against the legislation, she was the only one to mimic the late Republican Senator John McCain, also of Arizona, who famously stopped Republicans from killing ObamaCare.
Sinema was also the only one to bring cake to the Senate floor, giving her critics ample ammunition to compare her to Marie Antoinette.
But now Senator Sinema is fighting back.
According to HuffPost, Sinema's spokesperson says it's sexist to discuss her thumbs down act.
"Sinema's office responded to a question about the gesture by making the absurd claim that the inquiry is sexist," the news outlet's Sara Boboltz reports. "'Commentary about a female senator's body language, clothing, or physical demeanor does not belong in a serious media outlet,' Hannah Hurley, a spokesperson for Sinema, told HuffPost."
On social media news of the "sexist" claim spread quickly, and did not go over well. Some responses: