A Republican National Committee member from Arizona has posted misogynistic and biphobic comments about U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, saying she was elected because of “dumb ass people” in the state.
“Simena looking more like Senator Madonna than the Senator Barbie Doll she advertised when she ran for election in 2018,” Bruce Ash posted on Facebook Saturday, linking to a photo of Sinema (whose name Ash initially misspelled) being sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence. “Her politics and positions will lean further left than the dumb ass people on our side ever imagined when tens of thousands left their ballots blank in the McSally-Sinema election which led the way to her being seated in the U.S. Senate this past week.”
Sinema, a Democrat, defeated Republican Martha McSally in a close race for the Senate seat vacated by Jeff Flake. Sinema is the first out bisexual U.S. senator. McSally, however, also ended up in the Senate – Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey appointed her to serve the remaining two years of the late John McCain’s term. Both Sinema and McSally are former U.S. House members, and they are the first women to represent Arizona in the Senate.
In an earlier post, Ash objected to the fact that Sinema is bisexual and that she did not use a Bible in taking her oath of office. She instead placed her hand on a book that contains both the U.S. and Arizona constitutions. Sinema describes herself as “religiously unaffiliated,” the only member of Congress to do so.
Ash “has represented Arizona on the RNC since 2007 and is one of the RNC’s most senior members,” the Washington Blade reports.
Elliot Imse, a spokesman for the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which endorsed Sinema, likened Ash to Donald Trump and said the RNC should consider getting rid of him.
“While Trump has perfected the Twitter tirade, it appears RNC committeeman Bruce Ash is more of a Facebook tirade kind of guy,” Imse told the Blade. “Attacking Kyrsten Sinema for her sexual orientation and religion or lack of religion, and then calling Arizona voters of his own party ‘dumb asses,’ says infinitely more about Bruce Ash than it does about Senator Sinema or Arizona voters. If the Republican Party has any hope of diversifying its candidates or its voter base, it must remove from leadership positions those who proudly peddle in the politics of bigotry. Bruce Ash would be a great place to start.”
Arizona Republic commentator Laurie Roberts also denounced Ash’s remarks. “He went right for the important stuff: what she looked like at her swearing-in,” Roberts wrote in a column posted Monday. She added, “By ‘dumb ass people on our side,’ I wonder. Was he including the moderate Republicans and GOP-leaning independents who put Sinema into the Senate? I'm guessing Ash cannot imagine why moderate women would reject the Republican nominee who cozied up to a president who makes many women want to vomit.”