Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress have proposed the most left-wing agenda in American history, but the odds of passing it are slim to none without the support of West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D).
Unfortunately for Democrats, Manchin doubled down on his refusal to go along with his party’s radical agenda this weekend, leaving desperate leftists to attack him as a racist.
Leftists lash out at Manchin
Former ESPN anchor and Atlantic contributor Jemele Hill accused Manchin of supporting “white supremacy” and called him a “power-hungry white dude.”
“Record number of black voters show up to save this democracy, only for white supremacy to be upheld by a cowardly, power-hungry white dude. @Sen_JoeManchin is a clown,” she tweeted.
The furor erupted after Manchin authored an op-ed stating that he will not vote for the so-called For the People Act, a sweeping “voting rights” bill prized by Democrats, who say it is necessary to “protect democracy” from “voter suppression” by Republicans.
Manchin also affirmed his opposition to killing the Senate filibuster, writing that he will not “[blow] up the Senate rules to expedite one party’s agenda.”
Republicans breath sigh of relief
Manchin has the potential to doom Biden’s agenda, since Democrats need 10 Republicans to pass it, and Manchin’s defense of the filibuster dims hopes of moving unilaterally.
While progressives slam the filibuster as a “white supremacist” institution obstructing the will of the majority, Manchin has argued for months that it is essential to forcing compromise and preserving goodwill in the Senate.
“Do we really want to live in an America where one party can dictate and demand everything and anything it wants, whenever it wants?” Manchin wrote in his op-ed Sunday.
While Manchin supports the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) says that’s not good enough after Democrats passed the For the People Act in the House. “H.R. 4 must be passed, but it will not be ready until the fall, and it is not a substitute for H.R. 1,” she said.
This all has Republicans breathing a cautious sigh of relief as Biden dispatches Al Sharpton to meet with the recalcitrant senator on Tuesday.