Joe Manchin typically has to walk a fine line during his senate votes. The Democrat is a bit of an anomaly in West Virginia, a state that went for Trump by 42 points in 2016.
The President was hoping he could count on the West Virginia lawmaker to acquit him during his impeachment trial. After Manchin voted to remove Trump last week, the President went on a tirade, calling the senator names. Today, Manchin responded to Trump’s comments saying that they are childish and that he weighs much less than the President.
During a Sunday Twitter tirade, the President tweeted, “They are really mad at Senator Joe Munchkin in West Virginia. He couldn’t understand the Transcripts. Romney could, but didn’t want to!”
They are really mad at Senator Joe Munchkin in West Virginia. He couldn’t understand the Transcripts. Romney could, but didn’t want to!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2020
Manchin was asked about the comments by CNN’s Hallie Jackson. ““Munchkin,” said the puzzled senator. “I’m taller than him, I think I’m a little bit bigger than he is. Not heavier, he’s much heavier than me. But I’m a little taller than him.”
The West Virginia lawmaker continued:
“Do I look like I’m small and fragile? Names don’t bother me and the president knows he can’t get to me that way. I’m not going to retaliate. The people want a mature adult, that’s what the president should be. That’s who we want as our president. I want him to succeed. This is not personal with me. He can call me all the names he wants to. It makes him look like an immature adult. I hope he rises above that, I really would, I think it’s best for our country.”