Arizona State Representative Diego Rodriguez (D-Phoenix), who is running for Arizona Attorney General, on Sunday seemingly defended left-wing activists who followed and harassed U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) in a public restroom.
The individuals ambushed and followed Sinema while she was leaving her classroom at Arizona State University, where she teaches a class.
According to the video posted to twitter, the individuals followed Sinema into a public restroom and videoed themselves confronting her.
🔴BREAKING: Blanca, an AZ immigrant youth confronts @SenatorSinema inside her classroom, where she teaches @ ASU. "in 2010 both my grandparents got deported bc of SB1070…my grandfather passed away 2 wks ago & I wasn't able to go to Mexico bc there is no pathway to citizenship." pic.twitter.com/JDZYY2fOD2
— LUCHA Arizona (@LUCHA_AZ) October 3, 2021
After the video spread quickly across the platform, Rep. Rodriguez took to Twitter to agree with the activists and further attack Sinema.
“Clearly, the people of Arizona are not going simply sit back and allow their wants and needs to be ignored by the same ELECTED officials they helped put into office,” Rodriguez wrote.
Clearly, the people of Arizona are not going simply sit back and allow their wants and needs to be ignored by the same ELECTED officials they helped put into office. https://t.co/7fPrIb4mE0
— Rep. Diego Rodriguez (@Diego4Justice) October 3, 2021
The group and other progressive individuals have attacked the “moderate” Democrat for her stance on a host of issues, including President Joe Biden’s proposed $3.5 trillion spending package.
“Yesterday’s behavior was not legitimate protest. It is unacceptable for activist organizations to instruct their members to jeopardize themselves by engaging in unlawful activities such as gaining entry to closed university buildings, disrupting learning environments, and filming students in a restroom,” the senator said in a statement.
Statement Following Events at ASU on Sunday pic.twitter.com/4d3BF9P8CO
— Kyrsten Sinema (@SenatorSinema) October 4, 2021
While Rodriguez defended the unlawful actions of the individuals, Republican Attorney General Lacy Cooper condemned the actions committed against Sinema.
“It was 100% wrong – and a clear violation of state statute – for agitators to film @SenatorSinema and other innocent women in a public restroom. Read the law. There must be consequences,” Cooper wrote in response to Rodriguez.
It was 100% wrong – and a clear violation of state statute – for agitators to film @SenatorSinema and other innocent women in a public restroom. Read the law. There must be consequences. https://t.co/kyARDxHV9F pic.twitter.com/7x4yt4yx7U
— Lacy Cooper (@lacy_cooper) October 4, 2021
This is not the first time members of the Arizona State University community have been attacked for their political beliefs. Last month, two students were confronted and called “racist” for having “Police Lives Matter” stickers on their laptops.
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