All Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, did by not supporting Biden’s Build Back Better bill was practice democracy.
The bill was going to do more harm than good for the people he represents, so he wouldn’t support it. That seems reasonable to me.
Well it seemed completely unreasonable to other democrats, who argued that blindly following the party was the only possible way to vote.
“I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation.” — Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) says President Biden’s Build Back Better plan “is a no.”
“I’ve tried everything humanly possible. I can’t get there.” pic.twitter.com/HsgXgYms3e
— The Recount (@therecount) December 19, 2021
The news that Manchin wouldn’t blindly cooperate infuriated the White House, who shouted that “If his comments on FOX and written statement indicate an end to that effort, they represent a sudden and inexplicable reversal in his position, and a breach of his commitments to the President and the Senator’s colleagues in the House and Senate.”
As a result, Manchin is considering leaving the Democrat Party, according to Axios. “I’m from West Virginia, I’m not from where they’re [Democrats] from, and they can just beat the living crap out of people and think they’ll be submissive, period.”
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