(ReliableNews.org) – When people in the United States elect politicians into office, they expect those officials to fulfill the promises they made on the campaign trail. To hold them accountable or show their displeasure, some constituents may contact government offices while others might protest. But after adamant constituents accosted moderate Senators Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) this weekend, the legislators found surprisingly little support from President Joe Biden.
When informed about two distinct harassment incidents, the President said while it’s inappropriate, it “happens to everybody.” He even noted the chances of such incidents increase for those without secret service protection. Yet, Biden didn’t issue any requests for constituents to stop the harassment, nor did he order Secret Service protection for either senator.
On October 4, some progressive activists took their tactics arguably too far when they followed Senator Sinema into the ladies’ restroom at Arizona State University to demand she vote in favor of the $3.5 trillion reconciliation package.
As it turns out, the ASU students who surrounded the senator in hopes of strong-arming her into supporting a piece of legislation they believe would open a pathway for immigrants’ citizenship allegedly didn’t have authorization to even be in that part of the building.
And Sinema wasn’t the only one dealing with harassment over the package. Senator Manchin also faced tremendous pressure to fold his resistance to the costly bill. Activists went so far as to surround his houseboat with kayaks attempting to get answers. Manchin responded by inviting them to arrange a meeting with him in his Congressional offices but not to bother his maritime neighbors unfairly.
There’s an old saying: You catch more flies with honey… If President Biden really wants the moderate senators’ support, wouldn’t some empathy have furthered his cause better?
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