Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) jokingly told her supporters to “fast a meal” and donate for her reelection effort during a recent campaign event.
The Republican senator, who is facing a fierce challenge from Democratic opponent Mark Kelly, made the remarks during an event in northern Arizona, according to an audio recording obtained by outlet Arizona’s Family on Friday, August 21, 2020.
“We’re doing our part to catch up, you know, to get our message out. But it takes resources,” McSally said. “So, anybody can give, I’m not ashamed to ask, to invest. If you can give one dollar, five dollars if you can fast a meal and give what that would be.”
The remarks stirred a backlash among critics online, causing the senator’s name to trend on Twitter Saturday morning with nearly 30,000 tweets.
Singer-songwriter and writer Holly Figueroa O’Reilly called McSally’s remarks “sick.”
“There are literally people sitting in their cars in food bank lines all night in order to get a small box of food to feed their entire families for one week,” she wrote. “Martha McSally wants you to skip some meals so she can win her Senate seat.”
The Hill: McSally tells supporters to ‘fast a meal’ and donate to her campaign
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