In a now deleted tweet following a vote blocking changes to the filibuster rule in the Senate, former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich called for violence against Senator Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona that voted against the rule changes alongside fellow Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (W.VA) and Republicans.
In the deleted tweet , Reich wrote: "Tonight, Republican senators lined up to shake Kyrsten Sinema's hand. Democratic senators should have given her the backs of their hands."
On Wednesday night, all 50 Republican senators and 2 Democratic senators voted against changing the filibuster rule.
According to the New York Post, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer attempted to change the rule after Republicans used the filibuster to block sweeping voting-rights legislation pushed by the Democrats.
The new rule would have allowed Democrats wait through a filibuster and pass the voting legislation with a simple majority. Currently, the rules require 60 votes to end a filibuster, a figure hard to reach in an evenly divided Senate.
In response to Reich's tweet, Twitter users slammed his calls for violence, some pointing out that he comes from the party which claims to be the "campion of women."
Some took aim at his height, stating that even if he wanted to hit Sinema in the face, he would need a ladder.
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