To the dismay of leftist Democrats, Sen. Joe Manchin declared he will vote against the For the People Act, an overreaching election reform bill, in what he says is a stand for bipartisanship.
The For the People Act is ostensibly about voting rights, but behind rosy marketing, the bill is an opportunity for Democrats to weaken election integrity and allow for manipulation along partisan lines.
Manchin told Fox News that while he supported much of the bill’s content, a substantial number of provisions were unrelated to voting rights. “It’s the wrong piece of legislation to bring our country together and unite our country, and I’m not supporting that because I think it would divide us more,” the West Virginia Democrat told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “I don’t want to be in a country that’s divided any further.”
Manchin further noted in an op-ed to the Charleston Gazette-Mail that the partisan nature of the bill influenced his decision to vote against it. He wrote:
Democrats in Congress have proposed a sweeping election reform bill called the For the People Act. This more than 800-page bill has garnered zero Republican support. Why? Are the very Republican senators who voted to impeach Trump because of actions that led to an attack on our democracy unwilling to support actions to strengthen our democracy? Are these same senators, whom many in my party applauded for their courage, now threats to the very democracy we seek to protect? The truth, I would argue, is that voting and election reform that is done in a partisan manner will all but ensure partisan divisions continue to deepen.
Manchin also doubled down on his defense of the filibuster, saying, “Furthermore, I will not vote to weaken or eliminate the filibuster.”
This decision to break with the party infuriated leftist media figures, politicians, activists, and blue checkmarks, who slammed the West Virginia senator. Both Dino and “He’s A Republican” trended on Twitter, and hyperbolic comparisons to slavery, Trump comparisons, and personal attacks swelled across the platform.
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