"It’s an interesting thing that she’s going through in her head. It’s like, 'OK, this party has nothing. They have nothing. No platform. All they do is hang out with Nazis, and white supremacists,'" Behar mocked. "And the other party actually is doing something for people like us, for the working families, for gay people, for voting rights, and then she’s like, 'What should I do?'"
Sunny Hostin, meanwhile, accused Sinema of simping for support.
"I was looking at her unfavorably she's viewed: 55% of women don't like her, 53% of men, 56% of white voters, 54% of Hispanic voters," Hostin said. "I think she's like, 'Who's gonna like me?! So let me become independent so maybe that I can get those independent voters and maybe I can get those Republican voters and maybe they'll love me."
Ana Navarro even claimed that Sinema's decision was self-serving. "This is a reflection of the fact that she was about to lose the primary," she claimed.
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Then Haines jumped into to defend Sinema.
"Sunny, you were saying, you know, 'It’s because nobody likes her so she’s maybe trying this group.' I don't think voters are that one-dimensional," Haines said. "I don’t think that just changing her title or party is going to make a voter say, 'Oh great, you’re now like one of us.'"
In fact, Haines said that she herself is an independent for many of the same reasons that Sinema cited for leaving the Democratic Party. That alone puts Sinema "in touch with the pulse of the country."
"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 too simplistic for the way we all operate, and the way politics should be," Haines said.
"The moderates are growing and the idea of coming more to the center is actually more in touch with the pulse of the country," she explained.
Though she is officially leaving the Democratic Party, Sinema will still caucus with Democrats.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, in fact, has already said that Sinema will retain her committee memberships, which includes being chairwoman of two Senate subcommittees.