Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) appeared on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday and hammered fellow Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) for “sabotaging” President Joe Biden’s White House agenda.
After interviewer Martha Raddatz referenced Manchin reportedly pulling the plug on the Democrat climate change plan, Sanders interrupted her and launched into his attack against the West Virginia moderate.
“[Manchin] didn’t abruptly do anything. He has sabotaged the president’s agenda.” Sanders argued. “No, look, if you check the record, six months ago, I made it clear that you have people like Manchin, Sinema to a lesser degree, who are intentionally sabotaging the president’s agenda, what the American people want, what majority of us in the Democratic caucus want. Nothing new about this.”
Sanders’s attack on Manchin is unfair. Sen. Kirsten Sinema (D-AZ) votes with Biden 94 percent of the time and Manchin closely follows at ninety percent.
Sanders, an independent and self-described Socialist, votes with Biden about the same amount. Yet Manchin and Sinema recognize the high cost of Biden’s climate and economic agenda, and how it affects their constituents.
“And the problem was that we continued to talk to Manchin like he was serious. He was not,” the Vermont Democrat continued. “This is a guy who is a major recipient of fossil fuel money, a guy who has received campaign contributions from 25 Republican billionaires.”
After the interviewer mentioned Manchin’s concerns about the effect of inflation on his state’s economy, Sanders would still not let the issue go and pressed on.
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“Look, the same nonsense that Manchin has been talking about for a year. West Virginia has, it is a beautiful state, I have had the pleasure of being there, great people,” he added. “It is one of [the] poorest states in this country. You ask the people of West Virginia whether they want to expand Medicare to cover, dental hearing and eyeglasses. You ask the people of West Virginia whether we should demand the wealthiest people, and large corporations start paying their fair share of taxes. Ask the people of West Virginia whether or not all people should have healthcare as a human right, like every other country on earth, that’s what they will say.”
Sanders ended by claiming Manchin is disconnected from the voters who elected him.
“In my humble opinion, Manchin represents the very wealthiest people in this country, not working families of West Virginia or America,” he said.
The Left is eating its own now. You would think a maverick like Sanders would appreciate the original thought of a Joe Manchin, but of course, he doesn’t. Manchin is too opposed to Biden’s hyper-liberal agenda to receive praise in the strange world Sanders seeks to live in.