But when other women see a female politician confronted in a way that encroaches upon her privacy (as well as, almost certainly, her feeling of security), it can only deter them from running for office. And the very last thing women need is another reason not to participate in public life.
Things are bad enough already. We must be careful to guard against this online abuse spilling over into the physical world, as it did with Sen. Sinema. It’s therefore critical for all of us to condemn this behavior whenever we see it — regardless of whether we agree or disagree with the woman’s views.
Let me be clear: Sinema should support the plan, but that fact has nothing to do with her right not to be publicly filmed and accosted in a bathroom. It’s hugely disappointing that senators chose not to stand up for that right without conditions.
I’m just as infuriated as many progressives by Sinema’s failure to rally behind President Biden’s agenda.
But confronting a congresswoman while she uses the bathroom isn’t going to change her position. It may, however, change the decisions of other women who are mulling runs for political office.