The Democratic nominee in the Arizona Senate race, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, once appeared to compare the deaths of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States to the deaths of civilians massacred by a brutal dictator abroad — and possibly even U.S. troops killed fighting that same dictator.
Sinema’s ridiculous claims were reported Wednesday by The Washington Free Beacon.
The Democratic nominee’s most alarming claims were made when she discussed deaths of illegal immigrants to deaths in Iraq.
“To state that immigration is not a war or is not equal in magnitude to war, I believe, dishonors those who have died in this country and others as migrants,” Sinema wrote in an email.
“I volunteer with a group called No Mas Muertes—No More Deaths—and I cannot explain to you the pain that I suffered one hot day last July as I scoured the desert along with scores of others for the bodies of those who have died tortuous and painful deaths in our desert … Death is death, and to rank one form of death as being somehow more important than other death [sic] does us no good as humans. The deaths that people suffer in the Mexico-Arizona desert are the same as the deaths that people suffer in the Iraq desert — they are needless, senseless deaths.”
It was unclear exactly what comparison Sinema was drawing, but the Free Beacon pointed out that her email was written on April 4, 2006, the same day that an Iraqi court charged former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein with attempted genocide for using chemical weapons against Kurds in Iraq in a 1988 massacre. So she might have been referring to that barbarity.
However, Sinema has a radically anti-military past. In 2003 she participated in producing flyers depicting American soldiers as skeletons spreading “U.S. terror in Iraq and the Middle East.” It’s entirely possible she was actually equating the deaths of illegal immigrants to those of Americans in uniform, dying to protect a country they have sworn to serve.
Either comparison is morally bankrupt.
“Death is death, and to rank one form of death as being somehow more important than other death (sic) does us no good as humans,” Sinema explained pompously in the email.
I’m going to have to strongly disagree with Sinema here.
For example, wouldn’t most people agree that it’s objectively bad for the U.S. if our soldiers suffer more deaths than our opponents?
Fortunately for Arizona voters, they have a far different alternative to vote for. Sinema’s opponent, Rep. Martha McSally, knows a thing or two about the United States military.
As a former A-10 “Warthog” pilot, she has more than 100 hours of combat patrol flying over the old Iraq “no-fly” zone, according to a Washington Post profile from 2002.
She retired from the Air Force as a full colonel in 2010, according to her congressional biography.
In an earlier campaign advertisement, McSally pointed out that while she was in the service of her country, Salima was safe at home, mocking the military that was fighting for her.
McSally said “while we were in harm’s way in uniform, Kyrsten Sinema was protesting us in a pink tutu and denigrating our service.”
— McSally For Senate (@MarthaMcSally) August 23, 2018
And Sinema’s history has been noted by conservatives everywhere. In September, Missouri Republicans used it to attack the Show Me state’s incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Claire McCaskill is hosting a fancy fundraiser with Kyrsten Sinema on Friday.
— Missouri GOP (@MissouriGOP) September 26, 2018
It’s clear where Sinema stands on the military.
The Democratic Party can’t help but attract people who don’t support our troops.
Every American voter needs to remember that in November’s midterms.
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