Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is facing angry backlash from the Democrat Party base for refusing to confirm that he wants his own party to perform well in the upcoming midterm races and also refusing to throw his support behind President Joe Biden’s projected reelection campaign.
Speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he was asked by host Chuck Todd whether he hopes Democrats “keep control of the House and Senate.”
Manchin replied with careful word games instead of an easy “yes” or “no.”
“I think people are sick and tired of politics, Chuck. I really do. I think they’re sick and tired of Democrats and Republicans fighting and feuding and holding pieces of legislation hostage because they didn’t get what they wanted, or something or someone might get credit for something,” he said.
“Why don’t we start doing something for our country? Why don’t we just say, ‘This is good for America?’ I’ve always said the best politics is good government. Do something good,” Manchin added. “But I’m not going to predict what’s going to happen.”
“I’m not asking you to predict,” Todd retorted. “What result do you want? Do you want the Democrats to keep control of the United States Senate and the House of Representatives?”
But Manchin again refused to offer a simple answer.
“Oh, I’d love … You know, I’m not making those choices or decisions on that,” the senator from West Virginia said. “I’m going to work with whatever I have. I’ve always said that. I think the Democrats have great candidates that are running. They’re good people I’ve worked with. And I have a tremendous amount of respect and friendship with my Republican colleagues. So I can work on either side very easily.”
Recall that last year, rumors emerged that Manchin had threatened to switch parties because of the way he was being treated by fellow Democrats.
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“So you don’t care about the outcome this year?” Todd then asked.
“Well, whatever the voters choose, I can’t decide what’s going to happen in Kansas or California or Texas. I really can’t. I’ve always taken the approach whoever you send me, that’s your representative and I respect them,” Manchin replied.
“And I respect the state for the people they send, and I give it my best to work with them, to do the best for my country. I don’t play the politics that way. I don’t like it that way. That’s not who I am.”
The lack of a concrete answer angered the already-enraged Democrat Party base:
For sure he should be voted out & replaced with a REAL DEMOCRAT!
— Chrissy (@jj98navy) July 31, 2022
Inexcusable the man should be taken out of office or just flip to the right
— rosiegirlbaby (@rosiegirlbaby) July 31, 2022
Ugh 😣. So enraging. #VoteBlue2022 to make him irrelevant 🙄
— Anutik 🌊 ✡️ 🇺🇿🇺🇦 (@Clodan98) July 31, 2022
Well, he’s a Republican, so there’s that.
— M.RandallNelson (@MRandallnelson) July 31, 2022
— Joel Espurvoa (@EspurvoaJoel) July 31, 2022
He needs to resign
— Freedom 13 (@DawnTur27134857) July 31, 2022
It didn’t help that earlier Sunday morning, he refused twice to confirm whether or not he’d support President Biden if he ran for reelection in 2024.
The first time was on CNN, where host Jake Tapper asked him whether he thinks President Biden “deserves a second term?”
“Jake, I’m not getting involved in any election right now, 2022, 2024. I’m not speculating on it. President Biden is my president right now. I’m going to work with him and his administration, to the best of my ability, to help the people in my state of West Virginia and this country,” Manchin responded.
“And we have agreements. We have respectful agreements, but we respect each other, and we work through them. So, this is what people are upset about. Everything’s about the next election. This is about today’s inflation rates that’s killing people. We have got to get the inflation rate down.”
The second time happened on ABC News, where host Jonathan Karl asked, “If Biden is re-nominated by your party, will you support him, or could you vote for a Republican?”
“Everybody’s worried about the elections. That’s the problem. It’s the 2022 election. 2024 election,” the senator replied.
“No, but this is a simple question,” Karl countered.
“No, it’s not. I’m not getting involved in that. I’m really not, and I’ll tell you the reason. This type of legislation wouldn’t happen unless the president of the United States was involved, and he gave his blessing and has signed off on it,” Manchin responded.
“I can assure you that, and I appreciate that more than anybody knows, because this has been tough. it’s a long haul. So I’m not getting into the 2022 or 2024. Whoever is my president, that’s my president, and Joe Biden is my president right now.”
By “this type of legislation,” it’s presumed Manchin meant the so-called Inflation Reduction Act that he inexplicably decided to support last week.
Karl then asked whether he can at least “rule out voting for a Republican for president,” but again the senator refused to answer the question.
“I’m not getting into the 2024 election,” Manchin replied.
What’s ironic, and perhaps telling, is that the “journalists” who interviewed Manchin all seemed more invested in the Democrat Party’s fate than the Democrat senator himself …
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