MSNBC flak Joy Reid claims that West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin is “more devoted to Jim Crow” segregation laws because he does not support ending the Senate filibuster.
During a segment on her show, Reid became unhinged while speaking to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and attacked Manchin and Arizona Democrat Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who has also come out against ending the filibuster.
Is that a time when you then go back to Joe Manchin, to a Kyrsten Sinema who trolled her supporters with bling on her finger. She’s doing things that even seem trolling at this point.
And Manchin is being ostentatious and saying “I am more devoted to the old Jim Crow filibuster than I am to voting rights or to anything, to infrastructure for my own state. I don’t care.”
Reid was referring to an interview that Manchin gave to Vox, where he rejected the idea of passing a voting bill, the so-called For the People Act with Democrats only.
“How in the world could you, with the tension we have right now, allow a voting bill to restructure the voting of America on a partisan line?” Manchin asked.
Reid summarized Manchin’s stance as loving the filibuster more than he does voting rights:
To me, that contains a lie because it’s not restructuring voting on a partisan line, it’s letting everybody vote. That’s not partisan. That’s American. If he’s talking like that, will anything else be able to get through? If he is more devoted to the filibuster than he is to voting rights, how do we get anywhere?
After he didn’t take the bait to bash his own colleagues, Reid tried again to get Schumer to punish Manchin:
I promise this will be my last shot at this. What is your leverage, though? Is this a case where the Democratic Senate Congressional Committee says, If you want to be fully supported by us, fund-raising leverage, what is the leverage that you have over people like Sinema and Manchin?
Manchin has remained clear about one thing: he is not going to support ending the Senate filibuster.
And he made that unequivocally clear again a few weeks ago.
Manchin wrote in the Washington Post that under “no circumstance” will he support ending the filibuster, which would allow the Democrats to pass many of their radical ideas without any Republican support.
Manchin also said would be “opposed to using the budget reconciliation process, under which certain legislation requires only a majority vote, again to circumvent the filibuster, an avenue Senate Democrats have considered for passing Biden’s ambitious infrastructure package.”
The Senate filibuster is a rule that requires 60 members to end debate on most topics and move to a vote.
The Senate is currently tied at 50-50, but Vice President Kamala Harris can cast the tie-breaking vote and give Democrats the majority.
Democrats want to end the filibuster so they can ram through several of their radical policies, but they can’t afford a single Democrat to vote against them.
They need all 50 of their votes, which is why Manchin has become such a critical figure.
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