The Sinema bathroom protest is wrong. It’s also more complicated than it seems.

Protesters followed Sen. Sinema into the bathroom at Arizona State University to confront her on Build Back Better and immigration./Twitter

Opinion: Is filming a politician in the restroom an acceptable or best strategy to get their attention? No. But context is crucial.

By Elvia Díaz | Arizona Republic

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s new fan club is busy crying foul over her “getting harassed by leftwing activists in a bathroom” at Arizona State University over the weekend.

“Illegal aliens are unlawfully harassing a U.S. Senator to demand passage of Biden’s ‘budget’ reconciliation bill because it will give them amnesty,” Stephen Miller wrote on Twitter.

Yes, that Stephen Miller. The one who orchestrated former President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant policies and who’s now part of the Sinema fan club decrying a video-gone-viral where activists followed her into a public restroom and later posted it on Twitter.

Is filming politicians in the restroom an acceptable or best strategy to get their attention? No.

It is even illegal in Arizona, as many have pointed out. So, to be clear, the young activists from Living United for Change in Arizona, or LUCHA, who did this crossed the line. Any reasonable person understands that there are and must be privacy limits.

Context is crucial, however.


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October 2021