[WATCH] POTUS Calls Out Manchin and Sinema In Speech

President Joe Biden appears have to singled out the two most moderate Democratic Senators as obstacles to passing parts of his agenda.

While he discussed the For the People Act voting rights bill during remarks commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre in Oklahoma on Tuesday, President Biden referenced the voting records of Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona.

WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 16: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) questions Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, during his testimony before an oversight hearing to examine the Federal Communications Commission spectrum auctions program for fiscal year 2021 on June 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. The hearing was held by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. (Photo by Toni Sandys-Pool/Getty Images)

Though he didn’t mention them by name, the President referred to “two members of the Senate who vote more with my Republican friends” while talking about the bill.

Manchin and Sinema have drawn frequent criticism from their fellow Democrats for their opposition to getting rid of the filibuster, a legislative hurdle that has stopped Democratic legislation on gun control, LGBTQ rights, and immigration reform. To overcome a filibuster to get a bill to a vote, Democrats need the support of at least 10 Republicans, which has led to a lot of stalled bills in the early months of Biden’s presidency. The Senate is split 50-50 between Republicans and Democratic caucus members.


But according to fact-checkers at the Associated Press, it only seems like Manchin and Sinema are crossing the aisle as much as the President is suggesting. While Manchin and Sinema have indeed been more likely than other Democrats in either the Senate or House to cross party lines, it’s not true they vote more often with Republicans than with fellow Democrats. And they haven’t done so during Biden’s presidency; so far, they’ve aligned with President Biden 100% of the time.

Manchin voted against his party’s majority 38.5% of the time last year, while Sinema did so for 33.1% of the votes. Democratic Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama, who lost his reelection race in November to Republican Tommy Tuberville, was third at 32.2%.

The White House insisted the President was not being critical of them. You can watch “Morning Joe”‘s panel discussion about his remarks, below.

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