For months Republican lawmakers have been at each others throats. Most of the arguments surround Donald Trump. Recently, Liz Cheney lost her leadership position in the GOP for her failure to show the former president proper deference.
For the most part, Democrats have stayed united. But over the weekend, West Virginia senator Joe Manchin upset colleague with his decision to vote against the For the People Act. During a Monday morning interview, Rep. Jamaal Bowman tore into his fellow Democrats.
Bowman, who represent’s New York’s 16th District, told host John Berman:
“Joe Manchin has become the new Mitch McConnell. Mitch McConnell, during [Barack] Obama’s presidency, said he would do everything in his power to stop Obama. He’s also repeated that now during the Biden presidency by saying he would do everything in his power to stop President Biden. And now Joe Manchin is doing everything in his power to stop Democracy, and to stop our work for the people — the work that the people sent us here to do.”
The New York Rep. continued, “It’s easy for us to say what we’re not going to vote for, what we’re not going to do. It’s much harder to build a coalition to meet the needs of our democracy. And I wonder, is senator Manchin reaching out to his Republican colleagues to move them in the direction we need to go. Is he responding to the polling, are they responding to the polling?”
Watch a clip of the comments below, courtesy of CNN:
Joe Manchin is the new Mitch McConnell.
His obstruction of President Biden’s agenda doesn’t serve the American people, Republican or Democrat. It serves corporate interests. pic.twitter.com/ityKikPC8k
— Jamaal Bowman (@JamaalBowmanNY) June 7, 2021
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