Sara Haines Rebuffs Panelists After They Mock Sinema’s Party Change

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Brianna Lyman News and Commentary Writer
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The View’s Sara Haines rebuffed her fellow panelists Friday after they mocked Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema for changing parties.

Sinema announced Friday she would leave the Democratic Party and register as an Independent, explaining that she was rejecting “party politics by declaring [her] independence from the broken partisan system in Washington and formally registering as an Arizona Independent.”

Sinema added that “bipartisan compromise is seen as a rarely acceptable last resort, rather than the best way to achieve lasting progress.”

Co-host Sunny Hostin called the switch “strategic.”

“I think what’s bizarre is that you have Democrats voted for a Democrat, and they didn’t vote for an independent. So for her to now say this is always who I’ve been, well, she should have said that from the beginning, you know, right?” Hostin said.

Ana Navarro then chimed in, taking a jab at a potential primary race. (RELATED: Van Jones On Sinema: ‘She’s Not An Independent, She’s An Enigma)

“She says this is a reflection of what Arizona is. This is a reflection of the fact that she was about to lose the primary,” Navarro quipped.

Haines then jumped in and said that Sinema’s record would speak for itself, whether or not the switch was about strategizing. (RELATED: ‘Answers To Corporations And Billionaires’: Dems Blast Kyrsten Sinema After She Leaves The Party)

“So I think her record will speak for her, but I do think being an independent, there’s a reason that party is the biggest party out of all of them because right now, I’m an independent. Been independent for almost 20 years, and for some of the same reasons she says, whether it’s strategic or not,” Haines said.

“She said at one point in catering to the fringes, neither party has demonstrated much tolerance for diversity of thought. Right now if you are not with us, you’re against us. It’s very, you know, it’s too simplistic for the way we all operate… the moderates are growing and the idea of coming more to the center is actually more in touch with the pulse of the country.”