Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin, called out the White House “staff” for having leaked “absolutely inexcusable” things about him following his decision to reject President Joe Biden’s radical Build Back Better Act.
Manchin revealed during an interview on Monday that the White House “retaliated” against him after he told “Fox News Sunday” that he could not support Biden’s disastrous bill.
“Basically, they retaliated,” the West Virginia Democrat said. “I figured they would come back strong.”
Manchin defended his decision to oppose the Build Back Better Act, elaborating that he has “gone and talked” to Biden, who “knew we couldn’t get there.”
The senator also blamed the White House “staff” for recent news reports about him, saying they were being “driven” by the president’s staffers and that he understands it is not Biden’s doing.
“This is staff. And they drove some things and they put some things out that were absolutely inexcusable,” Manchin said. “And they know what it is. And that’s it.” Manchin, however, did not specify exactly what the leaks about him were.
The senator continued by saying that he would not be pressured into supporting the bill by his fellow Democrats.
“They figured, surely to God we can move one person. We can badger and beat up one person,” Manchin said. “Surely we get enough protesters to make that person uncomfortable enough.”
“Well, guess what? I’m from West Virginia,” he added. “I’m not from where they’re from. And they just beat the living crap out of people and think they’ll be submissive, period.”
Manchin sent a number of other Democrats into fits of rage as they took aim at him after what they viewed as a betrayal simply because he did not support the radical left wing legislation.
In a Monday interview, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, called Manchin’s move an “egregious breach of the trust of the president” and said that Democrats have “every right to be furious with Joe Manchin.”
“This idea that we’re going to refit it to Joe Manchin’s liking, the bill has already been retrofitted to Joe Manchin’s liking,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Let’s make that extremely clear. The climate ambitions have been reduced because of Joe Manchin.”
Amid the Democratic party’s countless attacks on the Senator, reports have surfaced that he is considering becoming an independent.
In October, leaks indicated Manchin wanted to leave the Democrat party over fears his opposition to provisions in the radical package would embarrass the party.
But Manchin, who some say planted the leaks, immediately condemned the rumor. “I can’t control rumors, and it’s bullshit,” Manchin told reporters.
Biden, meanwhile, has retreated into hiding after adding yet another failure to his belt – clearing his schedule of any and all public events.
Biden returned to the White House from another weekend at his home in Delaware, but he did not engage with reporters shouting questions about the death of his bill.
Biden has not personally and publicly addressed the failure of his legislation or responded to Manchin, who killed the future of the Build Back Better bill.
Author: Andrew Reilly