Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema Faces Censure Vote Over Trump Support: 'We Want Democrats to Vote Like Democrats and Not Republicans'

The Arizona Democratic Party is set to vote on whether to censure Sen. Kyrsten Sinema after she was accused of siding with President Donald Trump's policies and views on too many occasions.

According to The Arizona Republic, the vote on Sinema was brought forward by frustrated progressives who see her voting record as going against party values.

The progressives cited Sinema voting for the confirmation of Trump-backed William Barr as Attorney General and David Bernhardt as Secretary of the Interior as two examples of the Arizona Democrat accommodating the president, according to a resolution obtained by ABC 15.

The resolution also states Sinema was the only Senate Democrat that didn't co-sponsor the Save the Internet Act—a bill to reinstate Barack Obama's net neutrality rules thrown out by the FCC—and of allegedly "failing to support the tenets of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform."

Dan O'Neal, the state coordinator for Progressive Democrats of America, told The Arizona Republic: "We really support Kyrsten Sinema, we want her to succeed, we want her to be the best senator in the country. But the way she is voting is really disappointing. We want Democrats to vote like Democrats and not Republicans."

According to the FiveThirtyEight's Trump Tracker, Sinema voted in support or in line with Trump's agenda 54.5 percent of the time in the Senate and the House.

Felecia Rotellini, the Arizona Democratic Party's chairwoman, said she is unsure if the censure vote, which will take place on September 21 during the party's quarterly meeting, will pass.

Rotellini told The Arizona Republic. "We are a very diverse group and that means diversity of thought, as well.

"I don't think it reflects poorly on the party at all, I don't think it's an indication of a fracture. I think it's an indication of a group of people who think differently and have a different perspective on the same topic."

Sinema previously responded to criticism that she has failed to speak out about some of Trump's inflammatory policies or remarks, saying she refuses to be dragged into the "pettiness and partisanship" of Washington.

"I promised Arizonans that I would never be a part of that typical Washington chaos and drama and I'm going to continue to stay focused, just like a laser, on the stuff that actually matters to the people in their everyday lives," she said in July.

The Senate's website states that censure is not as severe as an expulsion but can have a "powerful psychological effect on a member" and their relationships in the Senate.

In 2014, former Arizona Senator John McCain was censured by the state's Republican Party because of his apparent liberal voting record, including immigration reform and supporting Obamacare.

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U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema speaks at the at the hearing on Type 1 Diabetes at the Dirksen Senate Office Building on July 10, 2019 in Washington, DC. Jemal Countess/Getty
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