Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he objects to protesters who followed Sen. Kyrsten Sinema into an Arizona State University ladies' room to excoriate her for refusing to pass a $3.5 trillion social welfare spending package.
Schumer told ABC News in the Capitol on Monday he "gets protested all the time" and "started his career" protesting the Vietnam War.
But he criticized the protesters, who not only berated Sinema as she entered a stall and used the facilities but also recorded the incident to post on the internet.
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"I understand and so feel for the immigrant community and what they are going through," Schumer said. "But following someone into a bathroom and recording them, that's over the line."
Sinema issued a statement Monday calling the incident "wholly inappropriate" and said protesters acted deceptively and unlawfully to enter the building where she was teaching a class.
Sinema is one of two Senate Democratic centrists who have called on their party lawmakers to lower the cost and change the scope of a $3.5 trillion social welfare spending package.
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Protesters paddled in kayaks to confront Sen. Joe Manchin, a centrist Democrat from West Virginia who lives on a houseboat in Washington, D.C., after he said he wouldn't spend more than $1.5 trillion on the package.
Protesters who followed Sinema into the bathroom said they helped get her elected and would help defeat her if she did not support the package. Democrats are aiming to include provisions that would legalize those who arrived here as children illegally.
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