Report offers new details on confrontation between Sinema and activists on ASU campus

Arizona Democrat Senator chased into the toilet by protesters demanding action on the reconciliation bill./provided by protester

By Perry Vandell | Arizona Republic

Sen. Kyrsten Sinema fled to a bathroom when activists confronted her at Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus because she believed recording someone inside one was a crime, according to an ASU police report obtained and shared by the Arizona Mirror.

The report describes the Oct. 3 confrontation between Sinema and activists who criticized the senator over her lack of support for the Build Back Better Act.

Living United for Change in Arizona, or LUCHA, an immigration reform advocacy group, posted a video of the confrontation on its Twitter account which showed activists following Sinema out of her classroom and into a bathroom after Sinema declined to speak to them.

“We knocked on doors for you to get you elected,” a woman filming the encounter who identifies herself as Blanca is heard saying after the senator enters a stall. “And just how we got you elected, we can get you out of office if you don’t support what you promised us.”

The Arizona Republic is not identifying the four activists under investigationas they have not been charged with a crime. 

The Arizona Republic is not identifying the four activists under investigation as they have not been charged with a crime.


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