Sen. Bernie Sanders declared Sunday that he believes that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema You have decided to leave the Democratic Party because her constituents have lost faith in herThe Arizona lawmaker was also added to the mix. “helped sabotage” Some significant legislation.

Sinema’s decision, announced Friday, to switch from Democrat to independent “probably has a lot to do with politics back in Arizona,” Dana Bash was told by the Vermont independent on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I think the Democrats there are not all that enthusiastic about somebody who helped sabotage some of the most important legislation that protects the interests of working families and voting rights and so forth. So, I think it really has to do with her political aspirations for the future in Arizona,” Sanders said.

Democrats have been criticised several times in Sinema’s voting record, such as when she opposed ditching the filibuster ― even to pass voting rights legislation ― helped block a $15 minimum wage effort, and opposed closing a tax loophole that benefits the ultrarich. She and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) have become known as major obstacles to passing President Joe Biden’s legislative agenda.

“But for us, I think nothing much has changed in terms of the functioning of the U.S. Senate,” Sanders continued. “The good news is that we now have 51 votes. We will have the majority on committees. It means that we can go forward and start protecting the interests of working families and deal with the reality that we are increasingly living in an oligarchy, where the billionaire class and large corporations control almost every aspect of our country.”

Sanders is most likely right that Sinema’s party switch won’t change much in the Senate. Sanders and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, both caucus alongside Democrats. Sinema has not outright said she would do the same ― only that she will maintain her chairmanship of two subcommittees. This allows Senate Democrats to remain in the majority.

“It probably won’t surprise you when I tell you I’m not trying to be like anyone else,” Sinema told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday when comparing herself to other independent senators. “What I’m trying to do is be true to my values and the values of my state. So I think everyone should make their own decisions about where they fit or where they don’t fit. I’m going to keep doing exactly what I do, which is just stay focused on the work and ignore all the noise.”

Sanders did make sure to mention that he believes in Sinema’s values include prioritizing corporate interests over her working class constituents, and that she’s not capable of taking on powerful special interests in Congress.

“She is a corporate Democrat, who has, in fact, along with Sen. Manchin, sabotaged enormously important legislation,” He stated.

While Sinema’s party switch does not significantly impact the Senate, it will greatly affect GOP odds in the 2024 elections. The senator was likely to be challenged by Democrats such as Rep. Ruben Gallego from Arizona. Independent candidate Sinema now likely won’t face a primary challenger at all.

However, this means that Arizona voters may have to deal with a race in which the votes of non-Republicans could be split between them. Sinema and a Democratic candidate ― making it easier for the GOP to win the crucial Senate seat.

“You know, I don’t make decisions based on what the easy road or the tough road is,” Sinema said. “I have always tried to make decisions based on what I think is right. And for me, it’s very important that we have a discussion at home in Arizona and here in the nation’s capital about reducing the partisanship and just focus on solving the challenges that we face in America.”