Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell revealed he would “definitely welcome” Senator Joe Manchin to the GOP after the Democrat announced he was voting a firm “no” to President Biden’s “Build Back Better” social spending boom.
Manchin has been under attack from his fellow Democrats for months, with his recent announcement bringing the most serious vitriol.
McConnell made the comments during an appearance on the “The Guy Benson Show” podcast Monday.
The Kentucky Republican praised Manchin’s announcement that the bill was being scuttled by calling it “an exciting thing to hear.”
“It was a great shot in the arm for the country,” McConnell praised. “I think it’s exactly what the country needed right now.”
news @guybensonshow interview with @LeaderMcConnell. He calls Manchin’s rejection of BBB “an exciting thing to hear” and “a great shot in the arm for the country.” About WH’s reaction, MM says he was “shocked” by the “vitriol”, which he called “not smart”. LISTEN: https://t.co/Z4Yvg1Cmcv
— Guy Benson (@guyPBenson) December 20, 2021
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Mitch McConnell opens his arms to Manchin in the GOP
Senator Joe Manchin made his decision known this weekend in an interview on Fox News.
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“My Democratic colleagues in Washington are committed to drastically reforming our society in a way that makes our country even more vulnerable to the threats we face,” Manchin said.
The statement quickly angered many progressives in the Democratic Party, including Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) who called his reasons for voting against the party “complete bullshit”.
“I was shocked by the vitriol,” McConnell said of the atmosphere across the aisle. “And actually it seemed to me that they called Senator Manchin a liar. I don’t think that was smart.”
“He’s not a good fit there, but that’s a decision he has to make in the end,” he continued, pointing to the possibility that Manchin might change sides.
“We certainly welcome him to join us if he was inclined to do so.”
Democrats don’t care that McConnell thinks they are stupid, BUT this is really fascinating.
Manchin has made it quite clear that he holds grudges and takes things personally — if there were adults in the Biden White House, they would suppress that and move forward. https://t.co/Gru1nAD3Xe
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) December 20, 2021
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Turn the house and the senate over
Mitch McConnell expressed optimism that Manchin’s crushing of the Build Back Better bill could lead to a Republican majority by 2023.
“The American people have seen what real liberalism looks like,” McConnell explained. “Actually, I’d say more accurately what socialism looks like, and we’re headed for a very important by-election next year.”
“And we should, in all likelihood, send both the House and Senate to the Republican Party.”
Happy @Sen_JoeManchin helped kill this bill!
And even though you’re a Democrat, if you’re up for re-election next year, I wish you the best!
Mitch McConnell says he would welcome Manchin to the GOP if he was so ‘inclined’ https://t.co/ukee0StKnw #Fox news
– Let’s go Brandon! (@KKMoriconi) December 21, 2021
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin was one of only two Democrats earlier this month to vote to revoke President Biden’s federal vaccine mandate for private companies with 100 or more employees.
Manchin had said of the largely symbolic vote at the time that the federal government should “encourage, not penalize, private employers whose responsibility it is to protect their employees from COVID-19.”
“As vaccine mandates lag in popularity across the country, some moderate Democrats sided with Republicans, giving the bill [to repeal the 100 employee vaccine mandate] the necessary votes to purge the Senate.” https://t.co/s3BDAz0LHX
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) December 9, 2021
Manchin was just about the only Democrat willing to cheer pro-American lines during President Donald Trump’s several State of the Union addresses.
Manchin, despite being looked at by others in his party, eventually gave in and joined Republicans in several ovations for President Trump as his Democratic colleagues continued to pout.
He would later tear up Democratic members of Congress for being “disrespectful”.
— LifeNews.com (@LifeNewsHQ) February 9, 2019
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