Sen. Manchin smeared as racist, sexist xenophobe by Rep. Bush over opposition to spending bill

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has thus far withheld his support from the hugely expensive and decidedly partisan domestic spending agenda of President Joe Biden and congressional Democrats, dubbed the “Build Back Better Act,” that Democrats are trying to push through without any Republican support via the budget reconciliation process.

The senator explained Monday why he is still a hard “No” on that legislation, only to be smeared as “anti-Black, anti-child, anti-woman, and anti-immigrant” in a reply statement from progressive “Squad” member Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), Fox News reported.

The personal and accusatory attacks from Rep. Bush against Sen. Manchin over his concerns about the unclear economic impact of the spending measure served to highlight how deep the growing rift between moderate and progressive Democrats has truly become.

“Games” and “gimmicks”

The West Virginia Democrat held a press conference Monday to try and set the media and his detractors straight on his opposition to the reconciliation bill while urging a vote on the separate bipartisan infrastructure spending bill, which House progressives — aided by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) — have held “hostage” for months for leverage against moderates.

“The political games must stop,” Manchin said, noting that scheduled votes on the infrastructure bill had twice been canceled in the House, and added, “Holding this bill hostage won’t work to get my support for the reconciliation bill.”

He further explained how his concerns over the economic impact of the bill — in terms of the national debt and deficit as well as inflation — had been ignored or met with lies and half-truths, and reiterated his opposition to supporting any legislation where the full effect on such things remained unclear.

“However, as more of the real details outlined in the basic framework are released, what I see are shell games and budget gimmicks that make the real cost of this so-called ‘$1.75 trillion dollar’ bill estimated to be twice as high if the programs are extended or made permanent,” he said. “That is a recipe for economic crisis. None of us should ever misrepresent to the American people what the real cost of legislation is.”

“Again, to be clear, I will not support the reconciliation legislation without knowing how this bill will impact our debt, our economy, and our country,” Manchin concluded. “For the sake of our country, I again urge the House to vote and pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill.”

Personal attacks

Just hours after Sen. Manchin’s press conference, community activist-turned-Congresswoman Rep. Bush issued a fiery statement insisting “Joe Manchin does not get to dictate the future of our country.”

“Joe Manchin’s opposition to the Build Back Better Act is anti-Black, anti-child, anti-woman, and anti-immigrant,” Bush said. “When we talk about transformative change, we are talking about a bill that will benefit Black, brown, Indigenous communities.”

“Those same communities are overwhelmingly excluded from the bipartisan infrastructure bill,” she added, without explanation. “We cannot leave anyone behind. Senator Manchin must support the Build Back Better Act.”

It seems unlikely that Rep. Bush’s smearing of Sen. Manchin as a child-hating racist and sexist xenophobe will have the desired effect in compelling him to suddenly support the legislation he clearly opposes as is, but is highly indicative of the far-left’s favored tactic, which is to eschew actual debate on specifics, and instead personally attack their opposition until they are cowed into silence and submission.

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