Hosts of ‘The View’ Spar Over Joe Manchin’s Opposition to COVID-19 Stimulus Package
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was read to filth on Monday by hosts of The View for objecting to President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus proposal.
Whoopi Goldberg began by admonishing Manchin for complaining that Vice President Kamala Harris did not consult him about Biden’s plan.
“I couldn’t believe it. No one called me. We’re gonna try to find a bipartisan pathway forward. I think we need to. But we need to work together. That’s not a way of working together, what was done,” Manchin said last week.
Goldberg remarked that Harris “is the vice president, she does not work for you.” Harris, Goldberg continued, “doesn’t need your permission to go do this, and when you talk like that, it sounds a little bigoted like you think you have the right to tell her when she can and cannot come someplace.”
Manchin’s obstruction has also enraged West Virginia’s Republican Governor, Jim Justice, who told CNN that he has no idea “exactly what” Manchin’s “thinking could possibly be.”
Continuing on, Goldberg hit Senate Republicans for their paltry $680 billion dollar counter-offer and asked Manchin why Harris “would need to come to you first, or would come to him first, when she knows what she’s supposed to be talking about?”
Co-host Sunny Hostin agreed:
You just said it, Whoopi. She doesn’t need his permission. As vice president of the United States, she’s actually, you know, sort of president of the Senate, right? She breaks ties in the Senate, and I’m sure she went and was interviewed at the behest of the president of the United States. I’m quite sure that she did not do that without the request of the president of the United States, and I’m pretty sure that Senator Manchin knows that, and so I was actually really, almost offended that he sort of said that kind of thing. I found it to be pretty disrespectful. I was surprised.
Joy Behar, meanwhile, disagreed because of Manchin’s status as a crucial “swing vote” in a tied Senate:
Well, you know, Joe Machin is a Democrat but he swings to the right, and at this moment in time the Democrats need Joe Manchin more than Joe Manchin needs the Democrats because he will always win in West Virginia taking middle-of-the-road positions, and he’s got an ego problem, I’ll grant you that.
Behar added that Manchin “is on the Democratic team” because he supported the impeachment of ex-president Donald Trump and the passage of the Affordable Care Act and that she believes “alienating Joe Machin” would be a mistake, “no matter how big he ego is.”
Goldberg pressed Behar on whether Harris should have conferred with Manchin before backing Biden’s legislation.
“I don’t know, I don’t know what the protocol – probably not,” Behar replied. “But Joe Manchin has a lot of power within the Democratic Party.”
A frustrated Goldberg repeated, “but she’s the vice president! She is the vice president. He works for her.”
Then, in an unsurprising twist, panelist Meghan McCain said that she agrees with Behar.