Singer Cher sent a fiery tweet calling for New Yorkers to oust Democratic Kristen Gillibrand from her senate seat.
The post read: “Joe Manchin & Kirsten Gillibrand Aren’t Democrats They’re TRAITORS,” she wrote early Wednesday morning. “If There Is Any Way 4 NEW YORKERS 2 KICK HER OUT OF SENATE They Must Try Be4 She Hands Our Country 2 trump & His Criminals.”
“These Fake Democrats Are Single-Handedly Sabotaging PRES. BIDEN’S Plans 2 Help Us,” she went on, according to internet archive the Wayback Machine, which proved it could “turn back time” on Cher’s deleted tweets.
But the liberal actress backtracked on her attack later in the afternoon. She actually meant to point her aggression at Democratic senator Krysten Sinema of Arizona, who has crossed party lines by refusing to back a motion to abolish the filibuster.
The rule prevents the evenly split senate from passing bills without the support of 60 senators. Republicans invoked it for the first time in the current session to block the formation of a commission to investigate the January 6th Capitol riot.
Both Sinema and West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin have caught flack for their unwillingness to kill the filibuster. Former Arizona GOP attorney general Grant Woods wants them to resign from office if they continue to refuse. “If you don’t vote to protect voting rights and save our democracy by breaking the Jim Crow filibuster, it should be your last vote as a United States Senator,” he said.
Cher publicly apologized to Gillibrand for the mistake. “I Must Offer My Deepest Apologies To NEW YORK SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND,” she said later the same day. Noting that she made a “grave error” by confusing her with Sinema. “Again My Most Sincere Apologies To SENATOR GILLIBRAND, & PPL Of NEW YORK.”