Cher apologizes for confusing Sinema, Gillibrand
Cher is apologizing to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand after saying she confused the New York Democrat with another female senator with a similar first name whom she had dubbed a “traitor” who was “sabotaging” President Biden’s agenda.
“I must offer my deepest apologies” to Gillibrand, the “Believe” singer wrote to her nearly 4 million Twitter followers on Monday.
The 75-year-old performer said she made a “grave error of confusing” Gillibrand with Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) in an earlier, explosive tweet.
In a since-deleted Monday post, Cher wrote that Gillibrand and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) “aren’t Democrats they’re TRAITORS.”
“If there is any way [for] NEW YORKERS [to] KICK HER OUT OF THE SENATE they must try [before] she hands our country [to] Trump and his criminals,” Cher wrote.
Her words came after Manchin, in a Sunday op-ed, had reiterated his opposition to dismantling the Senate filibuster.
“I believe that partisan voting legislation will destroy the already weakening binds of our democracy, and for that reason, I will vote against the For the People Act. Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster,” Manchin wrote in the Charleston Gazette-Mail.
Sinema has also said she would not support doing away with the rule.
In her message, Cher — a fierce critic of former President Trump — said she was sorry to both Gillibrand and the Empire State.
“My most sincere apologies to SENATOR GILLIBRAND, AND [PEOPLE] Of NEW YORK,” the “Moonstruck” star said.
I Must Offer My Deepest Apologies To NEW YORK
SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND.When I Wrote txt I Made Grave Error Of Confusing Her With Senator Kyrsten Sinema.Again My Most Sincere Apologies To
& PPL Of NEW YORK.
— Cher (@cher) June 7, 2021
Gillibrand’s office didn’t respond to ITK’s request for comment on the snafu, but the senator accepted Cher’s apology on Twitter.
No problem, @cher. Of course we can turn back time!
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) June 7, 2021
—Updated at 6:04 p.m.
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