In this day and age, you should know if you have said something foolish in the past, it will come back to haunt you in a political campaign.
U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who is running on the Democrat ticket to replace Senator Jeff Flake in Arizona, once said it was okay for someone to leave the United States and go fight for the Taliban — and she still refuses to say she regrets those words.
Sinema, who faces a dead heat against GOP opponent U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, has no room for error — and her unfortunate gaffes are racking up.
In another bad sign for the Dem hopeful, the Arizona State Trooper’s Association union pulled its endorsement on Thursday after members complained that they hadn’t been consulted.
Back in 2003, a young, anti-war Sinema was doing a radio interview discussing America’s involvement in the Middle East.
She was on air with Ernest Hancock, who raised a point about people leaving our country and joining up with terrorist forces.
Hancock stated, “By me, as an individual, if I want to go fight in the Taliban army, I go over there and I’m fighting for the Taliban.”
“I’m saying that’s a personal decision – individuals. Knock yourself out,” he added.
This is when Sinema got herself in trouble.
Rather than disagreeing with Hancock, she stated, “Fine. I don’t care if you want to do that, go ahead.”
Now, as the former Green Party activist campaigns for a GOP Senate seat, those words are coming back to haunt her.
She very easily could have cut her losses by saying she was young, foolish, made a mistake, was frustrated, etc… but she doubled down instead.
Then, when her interviewer called her to task, she tried to say her comment was being taken out of context.
Any true American, conservative or liberal, should be sickened by the fact this candidate ever said such a thing in the first place.
It should be of further concern that she still appears incapable of taking responsibility.
Instead, she spins an event to suit her own narrative and tries to make herself out to be a victim in all of this.
Arizona is a coveted seat for the Democrats — making it even more essential for Republicans to turn out and make it known who they want representing them in the Senate.
President Donald Trump threw his endorsement behind Sinema’s opponent in August, highlighting McSally’s impressive military service record.
Martha McSally is an extraordinary woman. She was a very talented fighter jet pilot and is now a highly respected member of Congress. She is Strong on Crime, the Border and our under siege 2nd Amendment. Loves our Military and our Vets. Has my total and complete Endorsement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 29, 2018