David Corn, a reporter for the left-wing website Mother Jones, reported on Wednesday that Senator Joe Manchin is considering leaving the Democratic Party and becoming independent.
Manchin has been targeted by the far left for refusing to give the party a blank check on the Democrats’ massive $3.5 trillion spending plan.
Corn’s report says that if Manchin and Democrats cannot reach an agreement on the bill, he will announce that he is leaving the party.
Shortly after the explosive report came out, Manchin vehemently denied it was true — and attributed it to rumours.
Manchin denies the story that he is considering leaving the Democratic Party: “It’s bullshit,” he told me. He added: “I can’t control rumours.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) October 20, 2021
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Disagreements with parts of the bill
In the middle between Joe Manchin and Biden with other Democrats are several key elements of the gargantuan spending bill.
The list of objectionable items includes the huge size of the bill, a carbon tax, Medicare and Medicaid expansion, extensive child tax credits, and climate change action.
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He has also said he would not support any package that does not include the Hyde amendment, which prohibits federal funds from paying for abortion.
Manchin has held extensive talks with other Democrats, such as fellow Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Congressional Progressive Caucus chair Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), all in an effort to reach an agreement.
There is a significant amount of rumors that Manchin is leaving the Democratic Party, which would put the Senate back in the hands of the GOP.
Joe Manchin has the power to save America.
— Amy Tarkanian (@MrsT106) October 20, 2021
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Leftists are having a meltdown
Manchin’s refusal to support the massive expansion of the government has angered the left. Attacks have become increasingly personal, with Manchin often accused of profiting financially by not spending trillions in public money.
Some suspect that he is some kind of double agent, who wants to sabotage the 2022 midterms on behalf of the Republicans.
Because it takes time. It eats up a lot of time.
And who benefits from that?
It will benefit Republicans in the 2022 midterms and that is exactly what they want. pic.twitter.com/ddcuFquc6C
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) October 19, 2021
Some suggested that Manchin has a master plan to enrich his family, though such individuals seem curiously curious about other senators:
How to rob a nation in 4 steps
1. Manchin’s daughter increased the EpiPen price by 400%
2. Manchin’s wife took over Nat’l Association of State Boards of Edu and mandated EpiPens in schools
3. Manchin Voted Law Requiring EpiPen Supplies for Public Schools
4. Family makes tons of $
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) October 20, 2021
A newer line of attack is that Manchin is just an elite elite from Washington.
Joe Manchin is worth about $10 million and his kids are even richer, but he believes supporting a married couple making $31,000 each is a “rights mentality.”
History will remember Manchin as the man who partied while the Americans starved. https://t.co/NbTrOD6QXR
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) October 20, 2021
And yes, when all else fails, there’s always the race card:
Black, brown and indigenous people become disproportionately ill and die from fossil fuel pollution.
So yes, hindering climate investment is absolutely racist. In case you were wondering, @Sen_JoeManchin.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) October 19, 2021
So Manchin has officially denied that he has any suspicion of leaving the Democrats — though clearly he’s not welcome in his own party unless he follows the line.
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